University Veteran Services

Flags from each branch of the military blow in the wind while on Bascom Hill in honor of Veterans Day.

Give Back to Those Who Have Served

Founded in 2014, University Veteran Services works to help those who have served our country to build meaningful relationships and find their place within the UW community.

The transition from military service to college can be difficult without support. As a result, student veterans are often a forgotten population in need of unique programming and outreach efforts to successfully acclimate to campus life. Through our two programs, Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) and the Women Veterans Coffee Club, we provide opportunities for incoming students to make early connections with each other and allow for continuing students to give pack to their peers.

Please Donate today to help us cultivate a community for military-connected students on campus.

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Our programs impact over 900 student veterans and provide direct support to 100 student veterans each year.

On average, service members and veterans at UW-Madison are six years older and 2.5 times more likely to be first generation college students than their peers.

Student speaks with representative of Wisconsin department of Veteran affairs at a booth during a Veteran Services Welcome Event.

Nearly 900 UW Madison students are veterans or currently serving in the military. Another 2,000 or so have an immediate family member who is a veteran.

We are Expanding our Efforts

Family talks with a representative at a booth from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum during the Veteran Services Welcome Event.
Navy veteran and UW Madison freshman pursuing her degree in neurobiology, Mirana Whaley, and her family talk with a program representative from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum during a University Veterans Services welcome event for military connected students on Sept. 25th at Dejope Residence Hall.

Building Lifelong Relationships

As our office marks its fifth year on campus, we are furthering our mission with new initiatives, a new name, and our first female veteran staff member, Jolene Anders.

Prior to this fall, we were known as Veteran Services and Military Assistance Center. The new name, University Veteran Services, better captures our mission of serving military-connected students throughout their entire university experience, from pre-application to post-graduation, while expanding our initiatives.

Our new initiatives include a peer support mentoring program, a series of monthly “lunch and learn” informational sessions, and a drop-in monthly club for women veterans.

Last fall, University Veteran Services hosted a welcome event at Dejope Residence Hall featuring more than 30 local and campus resources. The event surpassed the size and scope of our previous fairs and highlighted the commitment among students and volunteers to help build and support the veteran community on campus. Going forward, we are working to continue to make a difference and become more proactive in addressing the needs of our veterans. Our primary objective is to provide a supportive community for veteran-connected students at UW Madison.

Donate to the Veteran Services Fund

Real Students, Real Stories

“I only have positive things to say about University Veteran Services. They’re really moving in the right direction as far as being proactive and connecting student veterans with the resources they need” – Enrique Peña, junior

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“In coming to campus older and more out of practice academically than my peers, it takes a little longer to feel like part of the community here. Interest, acceptance, and assistance from fellow students goes a long way in making veterans feel like part of the community.” – Sean Jackett, Graduate student

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