Our Mission

The Western Oregon University Veterans Resource Center provides an environment that promotes retention and graduation of student veterans in post-secondary education through the coordination of services fostering academic, personal, and professional development.

For VA Benefits Issues/Questions: veterans@wou.edu
Contact Us: 503-838-9246 or wouveterans@wou.edu

Currently Operating out of Todd Hall 116, 137
Lounge Hours:
Mon-Thur 09:00am – 5:00pm, Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm

Director Office Hours: Mon-Thur 09:00am – 5:00pm

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Core Values

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8 Keys to Veterans Success

Western Oregon University is committed to supporting veterans as they pursue their post-secondary education and employment goals by means of the “8 Keys” initiative through the Departments of Education, Veterans Affairs, and Department of Defense.

  1. Create a culture of trust and connectedness across the campus community to promote well-being and success for veterans.
  2. Ensure consistent and sustained support from campus leadership.
  3. Implement an early alert system to ensure all veterans receive academic, career, and financial advice before challenges become overwhelming.
  4. Coordinate and centralize campus efforts for all veterans, together with the creation of a designated space for them (even if limited in size).
  5. Collaborate with local communities and organizations, including government agencies, to align and coordinate various services for veterans.
  6. Utilize a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information on veterans, including demographics, retention, and degree completion.
  7. Provide comprehensive professional development for faculty and staff on issues and challenges unique to veterans.
  8. Develop systems that ensure the sustainability of effective practices for veterans.
*To find out more information regarding the “8 Keys” visit the U.S. Department of Education’s Website.