Veterans on campus

VanCoug veteran stories

Campus photos—check out the veteran photo gallery.

Get connected

Get dialed in with veterans active on campus. The Veterans Club holds events throughout the year, including recreation activities and opportunities to network, volunteer and build comradery.

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Veteran supportive campus

WSU Vancouver is a veteran supportive campus, as designated by the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. The following resources are available for military-connected students:

Resources for veterans at WSU Vancouver (PDF)

Student veterans



Hi, I’m Ben. I was once a medic in the Army, but now I am studying Biology and plan to become a physician’s assistant. I chose WSU Vancouver partly because it’s close to home, and family, but also because the campus is pretty awesome and dog-friendly which is important because my service dog, Scout attends class with me. Outside of class, I volunteer with Northwest Battle Buddies, a non-profit organization that trains service dogs for veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries. I’m excited to help fellow veterans with the transition into higher education. It was a pretty big hurdle for me, so I’m looking forward to any chance to share my knowledge with others. My advice to new students? Schedule your study time as you would work hours. It helps you keep up on your studies.


Human Resource Management

Hello, I’m Dave. I served in the United State Marine Corps. I transferred to WSU Vancouver from Clark College. I chose WSU because of the Human Resources degree and because of the location. My goal after graduation is to find a job helping veterans transition from active duty.  You can often find me hanging out in the Veterans Center on campus enjoying a cup of coffee with fellow veterans. Stop by and say hi sometime!



Hi everyone! My name is Jared, and I’m a junior majoring in Psychology. I am an Air Force veteran. I spent the majority of my military career working and maintaining the B52h Bombers at Minot AFB, ND. WSU Vancouver was my first choice because of the reputable Psychology and Science programs. I wanted to go to a smaller campus and that’s my favorite part about WSU Vancouver. I’ve had the opportunity to develop connections with my professors and that has facilitated greater learning potential and career progression. I get the pleasure to work as the VA Work Study and I’ve met a lot of people by getting involved on campus! My advice to students is to apply for financial aid by filing the FAFSA on time. Especially veterans, you can use both financial aid and VA benefits, so take advantage of it!


Human Resource Management

Hi there! My name is Jennifer. I previously served in the Air Force and am currently Air National Guard. I chose WSU Vancouver because it’s not too crowded and it’s close to where I live. I already work in the HR field, but I’m coming back to school to earn my degree in Human Resource Management. I make so many great connections on campus that help me not only as a student but also in my career. GO COUGS!



Hello! My name is Joe. I’m a junior studying Biology. I chose WSU Vancouver because my family lives in this area, so it’s close to home. I love that our campus is small enough that everyone gets to know each other. I would suggest new students join a club, volunteer, or find some way to get involved. I go to a lot of events on campus and it’s great because there is always free food! Stay active on campus—don’t just drive through life, experience it.


Accounting and Management Information Systems

Hello, I’m Kristie! I transferred from Clark College and absolutely love WSU Vancouver! I chose WSU because it is local, had the degree I was looking for, and has an intimate feel. It seems like a lot of students are serious about being here and dedicated to being successful as students—it’s a nice feeling knowing that we all have similar goals. My husband is a veteran and retired from the Navy after 20 years of service. I am super active in the Veterans Club on campus and encourage you to get involved too! See you around!


Electrical Engineering

Hi, my name is Patricia. I served in the United States Navy and transferred to WSU after earning my Associates degree from Central Texas College. I’m from Washington, so I wanted to come to WSU Vancouver because it is close to home. WSU Vancouver has great people, a convenient location, and awesome professors! I am majoring in Electrical Engineering with a minor in math. After graduation, my goal is to work as an engineer for the Department of Energy.


Public Affairs

Hey everyone, my name is Scott. I am a senior majoring in Public Affairs. I am also a Navy veteran and was stationed at NAS North Island in San Diego, CA. After separating from the military I decided to go back to school and was drawn to WSU Vancouver because of the small campus feel, the brick buildings, and beautiful views of the mountains. I am a non-traditional student and I like that there are other students my age on campus. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting involved in various student organizations including the Veterans Club and Student Government. I am also currently the Vet Corps Navigator for the 2016/17 academic year. Part of my responsibilities as Vet Corps Navigator is to help students transitioning out of the military to higher education. My best advice to new students is to take advantage of your professor’s office hours, be patient with yourself, and get your work done sooner rather than later.