Western Illinois University's tradition of serving veterans and active members of the armed forces go back to the school's beginnings in the 1900s. Because of Western's enduring support of veterans and active service personnel, the University again been recognized for 10 consecutive years as a "Military Friendly School" by G.I. Jobs Magazine (Victory Media), achieving the highest recognition, the Gold designation for 2020-2021.
Western is the only Illinois public institution, and is one of 42 private and public institutions in the nation, receiving the Gold status.
"We are proud of our institution's long history of providing outstanding support for our veterans and active duty personnel. This most recent recognition from G.I. Jobs Magazine affirms our commitment and dedication to our heroic student-veterans and WIU's active members of the armed forces," noted WIU Interim President Martin Abraham.
In November 2019, for the 10th consecutive year, WIU was selected as a Military Times "Best for Vets College" by Military Times magazine. Western also ranked number one among all Illinois public and private colleges.
The University's Wright Residence, which serves as the Veterans Resource Center, provides streamlined services and resources in a centralized location to ensure all veterans, guard members, reservists and active duty personnel receive individual assistance. The center also sponsors a series of group seminars and workshops each year based on the current needs of its military student population.
The center has established partnerships with various campus and community organizations. Students gain direct access to a comprehensive array of services such as VA benefits, financial assistance, disability resources, health care, career development and personal wellness. The center also features computer access, a study/meeting room, a three-season porch and student-veteran peer assistants who work with student-veterans.
For more information about veterans' resources at Western Illinois University, contact Ron Pettigrew at [email protected] or (309) 298-3505.