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If you are separating from active duty or from the uniformed services, you might be able to continue health care coverage, depending on the circumstances of your separation. The Military Health System offers transitional health care options, the Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP) and the Continued Health Care Benefit Program (CHCBP), that provide temporary coverage.


 VA Medical Centers
The VA Medical Center closest to Western Michigan University is located in Battle Creek, Michigan. The Battle Creek VA Medical Center administers a variety of benefits and services that provide financial and other forms of assistance to service members, veterans, their dependents and survivors. Visit the Battle Creek VA Medical Center online.

Sindecuse Health Center 
WMU offers convenient, cost-saving services with an experienced, multidisciplinary staff dedicated to maintaining and improving patient health. We provide evaluation and treatment for a variety of illnesses and injuries, preventive health check-ups, periodic health monitoring, as well as health education opportunities that enhance individual and community health. 

Disability Services for Students
To find out if you qualify for additional accommodations please contact DSS for more information.

The Sindecuse Health Center accepts TRICARE Standard. Below is a short list of other TRICARE providers in the area. 


An extensive listing of providers can be found on the TRICARE website.


The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs provides some basic relocation services to help with easing the transition process.

Sponsorship packet

By contacting the office and providing your mailing address, OMVA can send you a sponsorship packet consisting of the following information:

  • Off campus rental options
  • Military friendly employer contacts
  • Tricare transition and local provider contacts
  • Military scholarships
  • City of Kalamazoo visitors guide
  • WMU campus map with parking information
  • WMU poster with over 250 undergraduate programs
  • A “Where to Get Started” checklist

We will send packets overseas and to APOs.


On-campus: You can get information on residence halls, apartments and meal plans at Residence Life

Off-Campus: WMU does not support one specific realtor or housing option. Below is a link to several rental properties in the area. This is not an all-inclusive list and WMU cannot be held responsible for the actions or arraignments made by these individuals.


VA home loans

Child care

WMU Children’s Place Learning Center, conveniently located in the middle of Western Michigan University’s campus, is an attractive child care option for children of WMU students, faculty and staff as well as the Kalamazoo community. Children 18 months to nine years will experience child initiated learning within a culturally diverse community. Please inform them that you are a military student/student veteran to take advantage of wait list advancement and other opportunities.