Meet the Staff of the Office of Veteran and Military Services

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The Office of Veteran and Military Services, located on the second floor of the Mattress Factory building, helps veterans and their families navigate their return to civilian life and make use of their educational benefits. Learn more about its dedicated staff.
Veterans Services Coordinator Bruce Metzger helps a student understand his benefits. Metzger and the other staff at the Office of Veteran and Military Services are a resource for the large number of veterans at UW Tacoma.Wanda Curtis
Coordinator, Educational Partnerships and Veterans Benefits Advisor
 
Curtis acts in a dual role. Two and a half days out of the week, she is on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, sharing information with transitioning service members about all the public colleges and universities in the state, not just UW Tacoma, helping them pick a good fit. The rest of the week, Curtis works in the Office of Veteran and Military Services, helping veterans, spouses and dependents determine what benefits they are eligible for. Curtis served in the air force in Mississippi, California, Germany and McChord Air Force base, working as a dental assistant and in cost accounting. She used her educational benefits to get a degree at Evergreen State College, where she began working with transfer students. Curtis joined UW Tacoma in 1998 and started working with veterans.
 
Bruce Metzger
Veterans Services Coordinator
As veterans services coordinator, Metzger helps veterans, military spouses and dependents navigate the often-confusing world of veteran’s benefits, helping them make sure they meet qualifications. Metzger started out working for the registrar’s office at UW Tacoma and took on his current role in 1999. The Post-9/11 GI Bill® changed his job dramatically, giving educational benefits to the largest group of veterans since WWII and making these benefits transferrable. Metzger’s father was in the military for more than 20 years and worked in the civil service for JBLM for over 20 more.
 
Jesse Schweizer
Veterans Corps Navigator
As veterans corps navigator, Schweizer helps veterans transition into civilian life. Schweizer himself is making the transition, having been a staff sergeant in the air force from 2001-2007, and acts as a peer to other veterans. Metzger says Schweizer was “instrumental” in getting the Student Veterans Organization on campus up and running again after a hiatus. Schweier attended Tacoma Community College from 2009 to 2010, and graduated from UW Tacoma in 2013 with a degree in communications. Last year, he interned at KIRO-TV. Schweizer is also a technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, which he joined in 2007.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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

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