Wright State has always had a veterans' office to process GI-Bill benefits. In the fall of 2010, the establishment of the Post 9/11 GI Bill led to a 300 percent increase in the number of students using the GI Bill at Wright State.
The desire to expand the Office of Veterans Affairs was both an institutional and student concern. At the institutional level, a large committee was formed to begin to address the needs of student veterans. In 2011, with the assistance of university faculty and staff members, Dayton native and Army Veteran Anthony Heiland founded the Wright State Veteran's League student organization.
In the Fall Semester of 2012, with the addition of key personnel including Anthony Hinojosa, Veteran's League gathered more than 3,000 signatures to present to the president’s office, requesting that Wright State establish a Veteran and Military Center. Between the collective efforts of all involved, Wright State created The Veteran and Military Center, showing their dedication to supporting the veteran and military-connected population at Wright State.
In 2019, the VMC celebrates five years. In those five years, the VMC has made its mark, both locally and nationally. Now, as of February 2019, The VMC has a new champion to support the veteran and military-connected population at Wright State. The Veteran and Military Alumni Society became formally chartered through the Wright State Alumni Association in February 2019.
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