Military and Veteran Students

The Veterans Center serves as the dedicated site for our military-connected students to gather. It is responsible for the administration of all US Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits processing and is dedicated to making the educational experience second to none for our military-connected students attending USD on a GI Bill® allowance. The Veterans Center has places for meetings and study, a TV lounge for relaxing, and provides a break room area for student use. The center is managed by the Veteran Student Services Coordinator Derek Abbey, houses the VA Certifying Official, a Graduate Assistant and VA student workers. We are the central place for veteran's resources, involvement, networking and the Student Veterans Organization.

Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in UC 225.

Our mission is to support all military-connected students as they navigate Access to higher education, work for Success as students, and Project future careers after graduation.



We promote visibility of programs for military connected students.

We are committed to helping potential students find solutions that are in their best interest considering many career paths and institutions of higher education.

We raise awareness about military connected students with campus and community partners


We provide support for military-connected students on campus

We manage the administration of educational benefits

We build community and create space for students to find belonging

We guide student development

We equip faculty and staff with knowledge to help them serve military connected students


We connect students with career opportunities

We help students prepare and plan for future careers

We coordinate events that expose companies to the benefits students have to offer