University of Illinois has a long history of supporting veterans and that tradition continues today. Recently, a new Center for Wounded Veterans opened here on campus and currently serves as the Illini Alumni Veterans’ official home.

The Center aims to provide support to wounded veterans with disabilities, ensuring they have the resources they need to achieve the same world class education as other students. Their website provides a short description of their services:

“Through educational innovations, research breakthroughs, and a dedicated staff of counselors and specialists, the Center supports student veterans’ health and full participation in society. Our programs are based on a long history of leadership in disability services, a passionate commitment to serve our nation’s veterans and their families from an individual and personal perspective, and in the context of a transformative learning experience from one of the world’s leading universities.”

In addition to providing services to wounded veterans, the Center serves as a hub for all student veterans on campus. Since opening in Fall 2015, the facility has hosted events such as Thanksgiving potluck dinners, test anxiety workshops, and career information sessions with campus recruiters. The Center has been invaluable resource to all veterans on campus from the moment it opened it doors and I look forward to seeing the great achievements of the students whom it supports.

To learn more about the Center or how you can support their programs, you can visit their website here.

by Kevin Kienitz, Secretary UIAV