The University of Michigan views those who have served in the United States military as a distinct, diverse population with their own experiences, culture, and viewpoints. The veterans and military members living, working, and receiving their education at U-M are a valued and vital component of our campus community. We recognize and honor their sacrifices and value their life experiences as they broaden the diversity of our staff, faculty, and student body.
The mission of the Veteran and Military Services Program (VMS) at the University of Michigan is to assist military-connected students in their transition to and success at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Military-connected students include veterans, those serving in the National Guard or reserves, those in active duty military service, and those whose parents or guardians have served or are serving in the U.S. military.
VMS provides advocacy and assistance services to military-connected students, including:
- Assistance on applying to the University of Michigan, other educational options and accessing their VA educational benefits.
- Resources and referrals to help them understand and access all services and options available to them.
- Advocacy services to help students resolve issues within the university.
- Identification and elimination of institutional practices and policies that negatively affect student success or satisfaction.
- Advising and support the U-M Student Veterans of America student organization.
- Advocacy for deployed military service members.
We have established a Point of Contact (POC) model on campus which closely resembles the military model of assigning every service member with a POC when they arrived on base. The program director serves as the POC for inquiries from potential military/veteran students, current students who have served in the military, faculty and staff of the university, and outside constituencies, regarding information concerning student veterans and military. The program director welcomes all incoming undergraduate student veterans and military during their orientation session. Each student receives a maize and blue “M Student Veteran” t-shirt, information about VMS resources, and an invitation to join the U-M chapter of SVA and participate in the PAVE program. The PAVE program trains students to be additional points of contact for incoming military-connected students.