The Veteran and Military Alumni Society
Support and empower others to succeed personally and professionally.
To HONOR the past, LEAD in the present, and INSPIRE the future.
...“That’s the idea behind the alumni society — we’re trying to fill the gap where the VMC stops and just continue helping those around us,”
- Anthony Heiland
VMAS was established in February 2019, but our roots go back further than that. In the fall of 2010, the establishment of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan led to a 300% increase in the number of students using the GI bill at Wright State. As the veteran & military-connected population spiked at Wright State University, a large committee was formed at the institutional level to begin addressing the needs of student veterans. Around the same time, a student organization was created focused on giving a voice to the growing veteran and military-connected student population.
These groups worked with the university to improve multiple aspects of the veteran and military-connected student experience. The grandest achievement of these teams was the creation of the Wright State Veteran & Military Center (VMC). Since its creation the VMC has gone on to serve students, support the local veteran and military community, and preserve history through the creation of the Wright State Veterans Voices Project. The individuals who led these efforts and organizations have expanded upon the resources available by establishing Wright State VMAS. VMAS will supplement and support the Alumni Association, the VMC, Veterans Voices, and other 'Mission Support' organizations as we work to ensure the personal and professional success of our members and the community.
Our goal is to serve our members while providing our volunteers a place to take on new challenges, refine existing skills, or expand upon expertise or network. Our committees and our volunteers are what make us successful.
Our Executive Committee is composed of our organization's senior leadership as well as the 'Chair" position of each standing committee. Our senior leadership team is elected every two years and includes the President, Vice-President, and Treasurer roles. These positions must be held by Individual Members who are Wright State Alumni but are not required to have a veteran or military designation.
Our three standing committees support the mission and vision of VMAS. Our Networking & Mentoring, Membership & Engagement, and Finance & Fundraising Committees play a critical role in our organization's success. To learn more about our committees and how you can get involved, visit our Committees page.