Military and Veteran Center celebrates graduating veterans at the Spring 2022 cord ceremony.
On September 14, 2012, UT Dallas dedicated the Veteran Services Center, a student space located in the Eugene McDermott Library. In January 2017, the center moved to the new Student Services Building Addition (SSA) and became the Military and Veteran Center (MVC).
To celebrate the Military and Veteran Center’s 10th anniversary, we are inviting you to help further our mission to provide programs, resources, and support for students who are connected to the military. This includes students who are U.S. military veterans, students serving on active duty/guard/reserves, ROTC cadets, and students who have a parent or spouse who is serving in the military or is a veteran.
The MVC has four goals:
- FOSTER COMMUNITY among students during their transition to campus life and with the UT Dallas alumni veteran network.
- HONOR military service within the UTD community and recognize academic achievements.
- CONNECT students to the resources, services and programs they need to be successful at UT Dallas and beyond.
- INFORM/EDUCATE the campus, community and prospective students.
The MVC accomplishes its four goals through the following programs and services:
Multipurpose Space on Campus
Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE)
Welcome and End-of Semester Events
Student Veterans Association - SVA Chapter
Alumni & Student Veteran Events
UT Dallas' student veteran organization participated in the 2014 Homecoming parade.
Veterans Day Reception
Graduation Cord Ceremony
Military Appreciation at UTD Athletic Games – Join us on Oct. 21 for a Comets Volleyball game
MVC Awards Reception/Banquet
SALUTE Veteran National Honor Society
Scholarships for UTD Veterans
Transfer Orientation Veteran Information Sessions
VETworking Mixers & Career Roundtable
Veteran Resource Fair
Weekly Discussion Group
Deployed Comet Outreach
UT Dallas students at the 2018 Student Veterans of America National Conference.
Veteran Advisory Council
Prospective Student Inquiries
Green Zone Training
Connect-A-Vet to UTD
Veterans/Memorial Day Campus Flag Display
Green Zone training attendees were treated to Meals Ready to Eat (MREs)
Some highlights of the MVC’s impact on campus:
- The MVC added the Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) program in 2016-17. Since then, 80 peer advisors--who are student veterans--have been trained and assigned to 1,000+ incoming undergraduate student veterans.
- Green Zone training provides military cultural competency training for staff and faculty. It began in 2015 with support from the Veteran Advisory Council. Since then, the MVC has trained over 435 UTD staff and faculty. In addition, staff from other institutions' veteran offices have attended the training so they can replicate the course on their campuses.
- Since fall 2012, the MVC has organized 17 Veteran Cord Ceremonies to honor graduating veterans. During the pandemic, MVC staff mailed cords to graduates.
- 22 companies have been members of the Community Advisory Council since it was created in 2014, creating valuable networking opportunities for student veterans.
- The MVC coordinated priority registration for ROTC cadets to accommodate their schedules as they drive to crosstown campuses for ROTC training.
- The MVC’s Scholarship Selection Committee has selected 77 recipients for $102,000 in veteran scholarships since 2014.
The center was first located in the Eugene McDermott Library before moving to the Student Services Building Addition (SSA).
An example of how your donation supports the mission of the MVC:
$10 – Covers the cost of a canister of coffee allowing the MVC to offer free coffee to students visiting or studying in the MVC.
$25 – Covers the cost to provide outreach materials to new students during orientations each semester.
$50 – Covers the cost of 100 flags used to line the campus mall for Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
$100 – Covers SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society membership scholarships for three students.
$200 - Covers the cost of 24 MREs provided to staff and faculty while they learn about military culture and transition issues during the MVC’s Green Zone training.
$1000 – Covers the cost of sending one student veteran to the Student Veterans of America National Conference.
Students enjoying breakfast at the Military and Veteran Center during 2021 Veterans Week.