Military & Veteran Services Newsletter

November 11, 2017

Happy Veterans Day! Congratulations to our student veterans from WUVets, OVA and Law SVA for yesterday evening’s outstanding celebration with U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, former VA Secretary Bob McDonald, small business expert Darcella Craven, small business owner and Brown School alumnus Tim Smith, and Law School professor John Inazu. These individuals represent the diversity of our nation’s veterans and their commitment to continue to serve. Thanks to our WashU community for attending and supporting this event!

Veterans Day Rec Spotlight: In observance of Veterans Day, the Sumers Rec Center did a Q&A with WashU graduate student and United States Marine Corps veteran Seth Grooms, who works out regularly at the Rec Center.


Veteran Research Participants Needed

Brown School MSW student Katie Erin Spearman is part of a research team from the Department of Psychiatry at the WashU School of Medicine that is conducting a pilot study to implement a Mindset system technology to help veterans understand their stress patterns and utilize available tools to manage emotional triggers. Participants receive a $50 gift card upon completion and can keep the watch they receive as part of the study. If interested, additional information is available on the flyer at

Upcoming Events

Veterans Day Barracks Party

A group of local veterans, including several WashU alum, are hosting an informal barracks party on Saturday, November 11th from 6 – 10 p.m. at VFW Post 350, 1717 S. Big Bend Blvd, Richmond Heights, MO 63117. This event is open to all veterans, from those who served in World War II to recent deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Additional information is available at

Veterans Employment Trajectory (VET) Initiative Webinar

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) invites you to learn more about the summer 2018 Veterans Employment Trajectory (VET) Initiative at their upcoming webinar on Tuesday, November 21st at 2:00 PM CST.

The VET Initiative Manager, Mike Duerr (CPT US Army, Ret.), will provide a detailed overview of the VET Initiative highlighting the program’s unique military-to-civilian transition components taking place in the nation’s capital during the summer 2018. Attendees will learn more about:

  •           Application and selection process
  •           Professional advancement components
  •           Academic credit opportunities
  •           Unique internship opportunities for all majors and career interests
  •           Mentor network and additional support mechanisms

They invite undergraduate and graduate student veterans of all majors and career interests to attend the webinar and learn more about this fully-funded professional immersion and academic opportunity. Student veteran support staff are also encouraged to attend the webinar to learn more about how the VET Initiative can become a premier resource and opportunity for student veterans beginning their military to civilian career transition.

The VET Initiative is not just for those wishing to start a career in Washington, D.C. or designed for any specific academic major. Participants are provided with an individual internship experience with one-on-one career coaching and mentoring to meet any student veteran’s academic and career aspirations.

Register at the following link: