Meet Our Staff

The Military and Veterans Programs is responsible for the administration of all US Department of Veteran Affairs education benefits processing and is dedicated to serving military-connected students. We are the central place for resources, involvement, networking, and the Student Veterans Organization. We also work with other offices on campus and in the community to connect students with appropriate services and advice.

Amanda Etter, Military & Veterans Programs Director 

Office: UC-226 |Phone: 619-260-5945 |Email:

Nelson Chase, Military & Veterans Services & Compliance Assistant Director

Office: UC-227 |Phone: 619-260-5945 |Email:

Jemefer Angela Cruz, Graduate Assistant: Events & Outreach Specialist

Email: |Program: SOLES M.A. in Higher Education Leadership

Rob Knecht, Military-Connected Hub Coordinator

Email: |Program: SOLES Ph.D. in Leadership Studies

Caroline Walsh, Graduate Assistant: Data Analyst  

Email: |Program: SOLES Ph.D. in Leadership Studies

Student Ambassadors 

In addition to our professional staff, our program employs student workers under the V.A. Work-Study Program. Student ambassadors are essential in helping our center fulfill its mission to support prospective and current military-connected students at USD. They assist in our center's daily operations, organize and facilitate the center's events, & work on projects as needed. Areas that ambassadors work in include academics and financial aid, operations, and admissions and outreach.