VMAS | The Beginning
In October 2011, the Wright State Veteran's League student organization was founded. In the first few years, the group accomplished numerous goals including;
Revised Wright State attendance policies and by-laws in support of active and reserve service members being activated during school.
Created a Veterans Affairs Adviser position on Student Government.
Assisted in launching veteran-specific courses, include the Personal Memoirs class, giving veterans an opportunity to write their own memoirs of their time in service.
Through numerous meetings, continued engagement with the university and the collection of over 3,000 signatures, helped influence Wright State to invest ~$1.5 million dollars in constructing a new Veteran and Military Center.
In August 2013, the Veteran and Military Center was opened. This space became dedicated to assisting veteran and military-connected students of Wright State as they learn, grow, and thrive. The VMC has accomplished many goals, including;
Opening a Wright State charter within the Student Veterans of America.
Working with NPR to launch the Veteran's Voices Project, honoring the stories of Veterans past and present. These stories are featured on NPR and archived in the Library of Congress.
Becoming locally and nationally recognized for their services and initiatives in support of the Veteran and military community.
Assisting thousands of federal benefit users at Wright State University, ensuring their benefits paperwork is properly processed and submitted.
Collaborating with the Wright State Alumni Association in numerous areas, including organizing the beginnings of what is now the Veteran & Military Alumni Society.
In February 2019, the Veteran & Military Alumni Society at Wright State University is officially chartered through the Wright State Alumni Association. The VMAS exists to support the veteran and military-connected graduates of students of Wright State as they begin life after school.