Thank you for your service
We are committed to providing all of our student veterans and their families with the highest level of support and dedication. The Veteran Center provides a variety of services and resources for you such as computer stations, study spaces, and assistance with Duck Tech (Duckweb, Canvas, etc.). The center is a space for you to connect with other students and be a part of a community. We strive to create an environment that helps you attain your academic goals and be involved on our campus.
There are also professional staff in the Office of the Dean of Students who can help you navigate campus and connect you with university resources.
Programs for Veterans
Whether you are wanting to talk to another veteran on campus, find a peer advisor with UO PAVE (Peer Advisors for Veteran Education), or you are interested in applying for a scholarship, there are a lot of ways you can connect.
Peer Advisors for Veteran Education
Are you a veteran looking for a community on campus? The Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) is a chance for you to pair with a student veteran who has found their way at the UO in order to learn from their experiences as well as connect with a whole community of student veterans on campus.
Veteran Friendly Listeners
We have a network of faculty and staff who are familiar with the veteran experience and are safe resources for student veterans to seek out for information and conversations on topics related to academics, post graduation planning, transitions, pastimes, and their student veteran experience.
The Tillman Scholarship supports veterans, active-duty service members, and their spouses by investing in their higher education. This scholarship recognizes the extraordinary academic and leadership potential in service to others. Members from every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and their spouses are eligible to apply.
The UO Veterans Affairs Office can help you with the benefits and aid outlined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It works to make sure that all eligible student veterans, reservists, and dependents obtain educational benefits in compliance with the procedures and regulations of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Support for Veterans
Our campus offers a variety of resources to support you during your time at the UO. The UO Libraries have curated a list of resources available for veterans and their families to transition to college and help them achieve their academic goals. The University Counseling Center and the Teaching and Learning Center also offer resources to support you during your college experience.
Find a Community
Having a community that supports you through your college experience is important. There are a variety of communities on campus including ones focused on connecting student veterans and their families and working to make sure they have a successful college experience.
The Be Series is excited to host, in partnership with Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Student Veterans Center, BE Daring with Melissa Stockwell!
At first glance, Melissa Stockwell may appear to be the quintessential Mid-western All-American girl, but she is far more. She is an American war hero who has triumphed over personal tragedy to achieve greatness, World Champion status, and she has dedicated her life to chasing remarkable accomplishments while giving back to others, particularly those who face challenges similar to her own.
In 2002, Melissa graduated from the University of Colorado and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. In March 2004, she deployed to Baghdad, Iraq. Just three weeks later, a blast from a roadside bomb struck Melissa’s Humvee causing the loss of her left leg above the knee. After enduring numerous infections and surgeries, Melissa was medically retired from the Army. She is the first female soldier to ever lose a limb in active combat and has been awarded both The Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.
Following her accident, sport became the road to recovery for Melissa. In April of 2008, she became the first Iraqi War Veteran to qualify for the Beijing Paralympics. She competed in three swimming events and was honored by her fellow Team USA athletes to be selected to carry the American flag in the closing ceremony. After Beijing, Melissa turned to the sport of Paratriathlon and is now a three-time World Champion. She was named USA Triathlon’s female Paratriathlete Of The Year for two consecutive years and was twice nominated for an ESPY award.
On September 11, 2016, Melissa raced in honor of her fellow soldiers and their families who had given the ultimate sacrifice serving and protecting America. After a grueling race, the day ended on the podium, draped in the American Flag, as the newly crowned Paralympic Bronze Medalist.
Melissa has shared her remarkable story, and the inspiring insights she has uncovered along the way, to standing ovations across the country for Fortune 500s, military bases, professional organizations, charities, government events and countless schools. Earlier this year she was the breakout star of TEDx Vail 2016.