Military and Veteran Student Lounge
The Western Michigan University Military and Veteran Student Lounge is located on the first floor of Ellsworth Hall in Room 1304. The lounge offers military students:
- A place to relax.
- A resource to view upcoming military events.
- A place to meet with other veterans.
- A free cup of Keurig coffee.
- Use of the computers—Common Access Card readers are available for easy access to your military needs.
- Free printing.
Veteran-friendly campus staff
Some of your needs may require you to see various individuals on campus. Please use the POCs at these departments listed below to better serve you.
WMU Career Services
Whether you are a first-year student or a graduate student, career services are available on campus to serve your needs. Experienced staff members are available to address all of your needs, including internship opportunities, resume development, interviewing success and career guidance.
The Haworth College of Business Career Center proudly supports Western Michigan University students and alumni who are veterans of the United States military. The business career center provides a variety of resources to help veterans reach their career goals. Services are tailored to address the employment transition from military to civilian life.
Military friendly employers
OMVA assists WMU's student population by sponsoring military specific career fairs, participating in the ROTC's REC3ON program and partnering with local employers to provide career and employment advice. The employers on the Military Employer Contact List are not sponsored by Western Michigan University or the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs (OMVA).
Access the Financial Aid website for information on:
- Financial Aid basics
- Awards, scholarships and grants
- Tuition and fees, cost calculator and payments
- Resources, checklist and forms
Western Michigan University offers many complimentary career, community and academic success services to its students. Please do not hesitate to take advantage of our extensive services or talk with one of our outstanding staff members. They are readily accessible and eager to answer your questions and address any concerns that might arise.
The Registrar's Office on campus provides numerous veterans services to you and your family, including information on:
- Active duty
- Certification procedures
- Enrollment certification
- Forms for veterans
- Standards of progress
VetSuccess on campus
Have you heard of the “VSOC” program? It stands for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) VetSuccess on Campus program – and Western Michigan University is a location spot! Through the VSOC program, VA places experienced vocational rehabilitation counselors on college campuses to assist the growing number of servicemembers, veterans and dependents attending school under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and other VA educational programs.
These VSOC counselors are trained to provide academic and vocational guidance to veterans, and help connect them to other VA benefits, including health care and mental health services. The VSOC counselors maintain close relationships with local VA Vet Centers and VA medical facilities, referring servicemembers, veterans and dependents as needed and providing assistance applying for VA medical and nonmedical benefits. Brent Haddow, VSOC counselor at WMU, can be found on campus in Ellsworth Hall in the Military and Veteran Student Lounge, Room 1304.
VetSuccess on Campus services are available to Service Members and Veterans eligible for any of VA’s educational programs, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill, as well as VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program. VSOC counselors can also assist dependents of Veterans who are receiving VA education benefits, including eligible spouses attending school through the Post 9/11 GI Bill and eligible children.
In addition, VA’s Education and Career Counseling Program offers a great opportunity for transitioning servicemembers and veterans to get personalized counseling and support to guide their career paths, ensure most effective use of their VA benefits, and help them achieve their goals. Visit Brent on campus to learn more about this program.
VA’s GI Bill website (http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/) offers tools to help Veterans transition from military service to student success. For career assistance, including connecting to employers looking to hire servicemembers, veterans and dependents, the new Veterans Employment Center on eBenefits is a one-stop-shop offering online tools and resources.