Welcome to the Veteran & Military Resource Center
The Veteran and Military Resource Center (VMRC) at UW Tacoma serves as a resource for students providing support and referrals throughout campus and our community. The VMRC is also responsible for developing and offering campus programming that benefits our military-connected students. The VMRC comprises two staff: the Veteran and Military Services Staff and the Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE) Staff.
The Veteran and Military Services Staff is here to help military veterans and their dependents access their VA educational benefits and Washington state tuition waivers. Our benefits advisors can provide you with general benefit information as well as certify your educational services.
Co-located in the VMRC space is VIBE. VIBE provides an applied training environment that supports military veterans’ entrepreneurial aspirations and promotes their understanding of the current startup life cycle.
Alaska Airlines began sponsoring the VMRC location in 2016. This sponsorship includes a ten-year $20,000 annual donation to the center—the fund aids in providing student supportive programming and VIBE event backing.
Reach Our Staff
Our staff are available to assist! Learn more about us on our Contact Us page.
The VMRC is your go-to for help with utilizing your VA benefits.
Get involved with UW Tacoma's nationally-recognized Student Veterans Organization!
Military Graduation Stoles
UW Tacoma student veterans and military spouses can purchase a customized military stole indicating their military status and branch of service—the deadline to reserve stoles is April 2, 2023.
The VMRC would like to thank The SAF Committee (SAFC) that contributed to this year's Military Stole Campaign, which will help decrease the out-of-pocket stole cost for our 2023 Student Veteran and Military Affiliate graduates.
Nathanael Engen, an Air Force veteran, took first prize in the 2023 VIBE Business Plan Competition, pitching his plan to scale up his urban gourmet mushroom farming business.
Biomedical sciences student and Army veteran Melissa Swain is a Federal Way Mirror Hometown Hero and a Soroptomist Club Live Your Dream scholarship recipient. Tragedy led to her role as a single mother and a research intern with the King County Medical Examiner's office.
The public is invited to the Sweet 16 Trade Show on Feb. 16 to see the business proposals of teams from colleges and universities across the Puget Sound region.
The 2023 VIBE Business Plan Competition is open to all Washington college students and those who graduated between 2020 and 2022. Submissions are due Feb. 3.
After a pandemic-induced hiatus, the VIBE Business Plan Competition is back, with a grand prize worth $30K.