Veterans and Military Services Program

The veterans and military members living, working, and studying at the University of Michigan are a valued and vital component of our campus community. We recognize and honor their sacrifices and life experiences as they enhance the diverse perspectives of our staff, faculty, and student body.

The Veterans and Military Services Program (VMSP) helps students make the transition from active military duty to U-M, and from U-M to active military duty.

Veteran-Friendly Campus

The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor is proud to serve our students who have served their country. Our campus community has taken the lead nationally in providing services and a welcoming environment to our military-connected students. The University of Michigan believes it is not only a privilege to provide opportunities for veterans and those serving in the military to obtain the education they desire, but also an opportunity to enhance and elevate the conversation in our classrooms and living spaces.

Our mission

To assist military-connected students apply to and be successful at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Veteran and Military Services (VMS) also seeks to raise awareness of the unique needs, abilities, knowledge and experiences that military-connected students, faculty and staff bring to our campus.

What we do

Located within the Office of New Student Programs, VMS helps military-connected students make the most of their Michigan experience by offering them resources and support.

We sponsor events, including the annual “Veterans’ Week” that happens every year in November; provide training and support services; and help students navigate the process of applying to and enrolling at U-M.

Whether you’re coming to Michigan after having served in the Armed Forces, going back to school after taking a break to serve, or transferring to U-M from another institution, we’re here to help ensure that you have the most successful and profitable student experience possible.

The Registrar’s Office can also help you apply for VA education benefits. Visit the Registrar’s office in 5th floor of the LSA Building. For more information, please contact the VA Certifying Official, Michelle Henderson, at 734-763-9066.

Famous U-M military alumni

Did you know that the University of Michigan has many famous alumni who served in the military? Among them:

Athlete ELMER GEDEON (’38), a pilot who was killed in WWII when his plane was hit by flak over the Pas de Calais region of France. He was one of only two Major League Baseball players killed in the war. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Author HERVIE HAUFLER (’41), who served in military intelligence during WWII. He enlisted in the US Signal Corps, trained as a cryptographer, and was dispatched to England in 1943 as part of the 6811th Signal Security Detachment. His first book was Codebreakers’ Victory: How the Allied Cryptographers Won World War II.

JAMES EARL JONES (’55, ’70) the famous actor and “voice” of CNN and Darth Vader. He was commissioned in 1953 and reported to Fort Benning where, he told a CBS interviewer, he “washed out” of Ranger School. Jones had risen to the rank of first lieutenant by the time he was discharged.

Actor STROTHER MARTIN (’47) served as a swimming instructor in the US Navy during World War II.

Astronaut JACK LOUSMA (’59, ’73) became a Marine Corps officer in 1959, and received his aviator wings in 1960. He was a reconnaissance pilot with VMCJ-2, 2nd MAW, at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, before being assigned to the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston.

Journalist MIKE WALLACE enlisted in the US Navy in 1943 and served as a communications officer during World War II on the USS Anthedon, a submarine tender. He didn’t see combat, but he traveled to Hawaii, Australia, and Subic Bay, and spent time patrolling the South China Sea and the Philippine Sea. He was discharged in 1946.

Astronaut JAMES MCDIVITT (’59, ’65) flew 145 combat missions in F-80s and F-86s with the 35th Bombardment Squadron during the Korean War. McDivitt joined the US Air Force in 1951, and retired with the rank of Brigadier General in 1972.

Astronaut EDWARD WHITE received his undergraduate degree from West Point, and attended the U-M in 1958 to study Aeronautical Engineering, under Air Force sponsorship. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force.

MARGARET BOURKE-WHITE (’24), the first female war correspondent and the first woman to be allowed to work in combat zones during World War II. She was attached to the U.S. Army Air Force in North Africa, then to the U.S. Army in Italy and later in Germany, repeatedly coming under enemy fire in areas of fierce fighting. In the spring of 1945, “Maggie the Indestructible” traveled throughout a collapsing Germany with Gen. George S. Patton.

Contacts

If you’d like more information, please do not hesitate to contact VMS director Philip Larson at 734-764-6413, or by email at pnlarson@umich.edu . You can also find more information on the contacts page of this website.

Support & Guidance

Student Veterans Council
The U-M Council on Student Veterans serves as a campus support team, with representatives from several centralized student services offices including the Office of Undergraduate AdmissionsRackham Graduate SchoolOffice of Financial AidRegistrar’s Office   University HousingOffice of New Student ProgramsLSA Academic AdvisingCenter for the Education of Women, and Counseling and Psychological Services. Other unit representatives may be added when deemed necessary.

Members of the Council designate a “point person” within their respective units to work with student vets and ensure that units are aware of issues that might affect student veterans in their transition from military to college life. The Council will also provide information and work with other units regarding the needs of student veterans.

If you are interested in presenting at the meetings or meeting with the council, please contact Philip Larson at 734-764-6413.

P.A.V.E.
Peer Advisors for Veteran Education, or P.A.V.E., is a program that pairs incoming student veterans with trained current student veterans to help the new students successfully navigate the transition to college.

P.A.V.E. helps student vets find their way around the university, identifying resources both on and off campus. And because student veterans understand the military experience, they can help identify and assist in challenges student veterans face and provide ongoing support as they adjust to the university.

P.A.V.E. @ Michigan is a collaboration between the P.A.V.E program (administered by the University of Michigan Depression Center) and the Veteran and Military Services Program. To learn more about available services for military veterans, please visit the Depression Center’s website.

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