Veterans returning from active service face not only the challenges of returning to civilian life, but the pressures of an academic transition when attempting to pursue a college degree. Here you can learn about the SMU MilVets: our leadership, our events, and our mission.
The SMU MilVets Lounge is conveniently located on the third floor of Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The lounge is a space for veterans to relax or study between classes where they are welcome to enjoy free coffee and lockers. Here MilVets can find pamphlets and resources for job opportunities and study groups.
Who We Are
The U.S. Military Veterans of SMU started in the Fall semester of 2011 by a group of student veterans interested in establishing an organization on campus exclusively catering to the unique needs and experiences of SMU's emergent student veteran community. Veterans returning from active service face not only the challenges of returning to civilian life, but the pressures of an academic transition when attempting to pursue a college degree.
The MilVets student organization was formed to provide an outlet for students with military experience to socialize and interact with other veterans outside of the classroom. In addition to providing a social outlet for returning veterans, the organization serves as a resource to any students experiencing difficulty with the transition back to civilian/campus life, can advise on issues concerning veterans benefits or the GI Bill, and acts as a service organization. There are nearly 150 undergraduate and graduate students attending SMU on the Post 9-11 G.I. Bill, which provides education benefits to military veterans and their dependents. U.S. Military Veterans of SMU hosts a tent during SMU Boulevard to encourage interest in the organization and to publicize their presence on campus. Past service projects include collecting donations as care packages for troops currently serving overseas in combat.
The group represents service-members from all five active military service branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.
The organization meets on a monthly basis and sponsor a variety of events throughout the year. To stay up to date with MilVet events, meetings, and boulevards visit the SMU Military Veteran's Facebook Page
The U.S. Military Veterans of SMU employ a three-part mission:
First and foremost, we are a fellowship organization for transitioning SMU veterans.
Secondly, we act as a service organization with an emphasis on charity in the Dallas area.
Finally, our group serves as a resource for struggling veterans on issues ranging from the G.I. Bill to PTSD.