About the Veterans Center

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Veterans Center is to strengthen the lives of Veterans, military personel, their families, and our community.

Although still in its infancy, the Veterans Center boasts numerous groundbreaking achievements, leading the way for Veterans Centers across the country. Through coordinated efforts with students, faculty, staff, ROTC, and community partners, the Veterans Center consistently goes above and beyond to meet the needs of its stakeholders. The Veterans Center’s commitment to a learning environment of educational effectiveness, personal and professional development, and an inclusive campus culture are cornerstones of its success. Intentionality permeates everything the Veterans Center does; it is focused on assisting those it serves to become the next generation of leaders and problem-solvers given the community’s unique passion for service, personal commitment to excellence, and keen ability to complete the mission.

As is true of Iowa State University’s Strategic Plan, long after this strategic plan has expired and another is in its place, these goals will continue to be a work in progress. No matter how much progress is achieved, there will always be ways to make things better for our community – excellence, not average, is our measure.

During your time at Iowa State University, you will find a home at the Veterans Center. Since 2012 we have been working together with other offices and departments on campus to provide first class support to Veterans, military personnel, and their families. 

You will find the Veterans Center to be a place where you can go for Veteran-related questions and to connect with others in forming a greater sense of camaraderie around a shared common experience. We are here to help with the unique challenges associated with transitioning into a university setting. As an extension of our services here at Iowa State, we have outstanding staff ready to serve you, including VA Certifying Officials, as well as point people in Accounts Receivable, Financial Aid and more.

Our office has developed a variety of programs designed to help student Veterans, military personnel, and their families build connections with one another and make the most out of their Iowa State adventure.

The Center lounge is located in the Room 3540 of the Memorial Union and offers a great place for students, faculty, staff, and community members to relax, eat lunch, find resources, and connect around a shared experience. We are generally open 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Feel free to stop by and say hello. Our staff is always here as a resource. Should you need assistance, please contact us.