Celebrating Veterans at UW Tacoma

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Discover some of the opportunities, stories and services that help make UW Tacoma a military-friendly school.

Currently, 14% of UW Tacoma’s students are veterans, active-duty military or military spouses and dependents – that’s around 630 students. These men and women are often looking to pursue or advance their careers in the South Sound, forming a huge pool of talent seeking successful futures.

As service members return from overseas, the number of veterans in the area is only expected to increase.  Around 9,000 service members will end their military careers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord this year, and almost 40% of them will stay in Washington. To serve this community, UW Tacoma has developed services, added programs  and built relationships, the result of years of effort by many staff and faculty. 

Next Tuesday, Nov. 11, is Veterans’ Day. To honor the sacrifices and recognize the valor of those who have served in our armed forces, UW has declared Nov. 3-11 to be Veterans Appreciation Week. 
UW Tacoma’s commitment to veterans goes beyond the activities of a single week. But this week provides an excellent opportunity for the campus to come together to celebrate the veterans, active-duty military, and their families on our campus.
The following articles help illustrate some of the resources for and stories of veterans at UW Tacoma.

A Veterans Appreciation Week Message from the Chancellor

Interim Chancellor Chan's letter to campus for Veterans Appreciation Week, Nov. 3-11, 2014.

Veterans Appreciation at UW Tacoma Runs Deep

Second annual Veterans Appreciation Week forcus on building community, increasing visibility.

Veteran- and Military-Ready Programs at UW Tacoma

What makes UW Tacoma "military friendly?" Read more about some of the opportunities and programs available to student veterans, active-duty military and dependents.

Meet the Staff of the Office of Veteran and Military Services

The Office of Veteran and Military Services helps veterans and their families navigate their return to civilian life and make use of their educational benefits. Learn more about its dedicated staff.

From Army Medic to Student Body President to Special Education Teacher

Wil Johnson, ’08, uses communication skills he developed while ASUWT president as a special education teacher in the Puyallup School District.


Written by: 
Abby Rhinehart / October 30, 2014
Media contact: 

John Burkhardt, Media Relations, 253-692-4536, johnbjr@uw.edu