The mission of Student Veteran Life is to achieve three main objectives: 1) Create centralized services and programming that supports student veterans and their dependents in their academic endeavors ; 2) Grow and strengthen the veteran community and identity by cultivating a sense of pride in the sacrifices that student veterans have made in service to their country; and 3) Represent the unique position and needs of our veteran constituents.
Student Veteran Life is a unit founded by student veterans, for student veterans. As such, in order to build on the strength of organic and authentic community building and effectively bridge the civilian-military divide on campus, Student Veteran Life is led by a team of experienced and diverse veterans. Having former military service members who understands the transitional needs of student veterans is paramount to our success as a unit. Transitioning student veterans need to have access to someone who has shared their unique experiences and has successfully navigated from service in the military to service as a civilian. Our unit serves a diverse community of scholars who have served their country and now want to advance their lives and education at the University of Washington.