The University of Mary Washington will open its Veteran Resource Center on Monday, December 1 to serve more than 400 veteran, active duty and veteran-affiliated students at the institution.
The center, which will be located in the basement of Combs Hall, will provide a central campus meeting space for veterans to get assistance. It will also offer office space for the Veteran’s Administration work study students who will be responsible for office management.
“Our veteran community is very important to UMW,” said Douglas Searcy, vice president of student affairs. “We want to ensure that we provide support and service at the highest level.”
Services for students will include providing information on using Veteran’s Administration and Department of Defense benefits here at UMW, helping students locate the appropriate office to answer specific questions, collecting data on UMW veteran student numbers and concerns and providing peer-to-peer counseling and general support.
The space was a collaboration of the several organizations within the university, including the Veterans Working Group and the Association of Student Veterans, who identified the need and provided recommendations on requirements.
The Veteran’s Administration work study students will begin office hours on Monday, January 12, the first day of classes for the spring semester.