Georgetown University is proud to serve those who have served our country. Our office serves to support the opportunities of military members accessing higher education to ensure a campus culture that cares for the entire spectrum of military students. The mission of our services is to instill the Jesuit spirit of cura personalis into everyday connections among the military community.
Georgetown University's Veterans Office serves military connected students as they apply to, attend and advance beyond Georgetown. The Veterans Office connects military students with the resources they need to successfully transition from combat to classroom to career. Our office serves as a liaison and advisor to ensure prospective and current military students receive accurate and comprehensive information around admissions, finances, academic support, career networking, and support services.
VET Ally Program Scheduled for March 28, 2017 10AM-12Noon
The next Veterans Education Training (VET) Ally program is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 10AM-12Noon in Mortara Center's Conference Room. Registration check-in and refreshments will be available at 9:30AM so that the training can begin promptly at 10AM. Register for this year's program here.
The mission of the VET Ally program is to provide military students with a welcoming and supportive environment in which they can pursue their academic, personal, and professional goals. In order to create this environment, awareness is required so that members of Georgetown’s community who are not directly connected to the military can create a supportive campus. The VET Ally Program provides our campus with a visible network of knowledgeable supporters of service members, veterans, and military families. The 2-hour seminar covers many topics of great importance to military students studying at Georgetown. Some of the topics paint with wide brushes, so we encourage VET Allies to continue learning about the specific issues faced by military students in higher education by connecting with the Veterans Office and participating in other programs on campus around military topics. Participants are offered a handbook that serves as a resource to help VET Allies support the military community. VET Allies are also issued a decal to display in their office or space to highlight that the space is military-friendly.
Warrior-Scholar Project at Georgetown University in Summer 2017
Georgetown University is excited to partner with Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) for the third year to offer a free week-long intensive college prep course for transitioning servicemembers and veterans applying to or accepted to a 4-year undergraduate institution. WSP will be at Georgetown University from June 10-18, 2017. Under the guidance of both student-veterans who've successfully transitioned from the military to college, and world renowned professors, warrior-scholars develop the analytical reading, college-level writing, and discussion skills critical to academic success in higher education.
2017 Military Friendly® School Designation
Georgetown University is proud to announce our designation as a 2017 Military Friendly® School designated by Victory Media Inc. Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,160 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for military students. Learn more.
FourBlock Collaboration with Georgetown University
The Veterans Office is thrilled to announce that Georgetown University and FourBlock has formalized a collaboration to support military-connected students at Georgetown University. Throughout the academic year, a career transitioning expert will host office hours on the Main Campus and the School of Continuing Studies to provide one-on-one counseling with military-connected students looking to advance in their careers. You can learn more by going to our Career Services.
2016-2017 Yellow Ribbon Program Agreement Announcement
Georgetown University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and the 2016-2017 agreement has been finalized. For details about the rates and eligibility, go to our Yellow Ribbon Program page.
Georgetown University Military Alumni Database
The Veterans Office is launching a Georgetown University Military Alumni Database to keep you updated on programs and initiatives happening on campus. Our office understands that your inboxes receive heavy traffic already, so communication will be limited. Your contact information will not be shared with third parties without your consent. In addition, if you are interested in mentoring current military students, you can indicate on the form this interest and our office will be able to connect you with current students who are interested in similar career fields. The form is structured that you can edit your information if your contact information or employers changes.
Benefit Request Forms (BRF)
The Summer 2017 Benefit Request Form (BRF) is available for students enrolled in degree programs on the Main Campus and the School of Continuing Studies for the Summer 2017 semester. The BRF is required for students who have finalized their registration and would like to receive eligible VA education benefits.
Please note that you must be logged into your Georgetown email account to access the form. For more information about certification process, student account policies, and previous semester BRFs, please go to the Using Military Education Benefits tab.
Military Hoyas in the Media
10 Rules To Help Women Entering Combat Arms Succeed
Military Hoya, Antonieta Rico (MSFS '17) was published in Task & Purpose with her piece 10 Rules To Help Women Entering Combat Arms Succeed. The piece was extracted from a larger work, Combat Integration Handbook: A Leader’s Guide to Success, in which Antonieta contributed to provide guidance to leaders to successfully navigate gender integration in combat units.
This Isn't About Me: A Personnel Story
Alumnus, Jim Perkins (MBA '16) was featured in War on the Rocks where he shared his analysis on the challenges the United States Army is facing with the current personnel evaulation system.
Veterans Day Ceremony Keynote
On November 10, 2016, Georgetown University held its Veterans Day ceremony to honor , reflect, and celebrate the veteran community at Georgetown. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness) and Georgetown Alumnus, Daniel Feehan (SFS '05), shared his remarks on how Georgetown University and the military are examples of unity and how we as a nation have the responsibility to serve in our own ways to enhance the United States. Georgetown Security Studies Review published Mr. Feehan's full keynote remarks.
Georgetown University Alumunus, Justin Ossola (MBA '13), co-founded Tech Qualled which is a 9-week program designed to train and place military veterans in the high tech industry. Justin is featured in Channelnomics where he discusses how his personal transition journey has empowered him to support other veterans as they transition from the military into the civilian sector.
Defense Entrepreneurs Forum
The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF) held their annual conference in Chicago, IL in October 2016. DEF is an organization designed to build a community of defense leaders and create a space to bring innovation and connect leaders to enhance the defense ecosystem. At the annual conference, three Military Hoyas gave presentations: Jon Gillis (COL '13), Jim Perkins (MBA '16), and Miriam Krieger (GSAS). To learn more about the conference you can read more from the War on the Rocks review, which was written by Georgetown Alumnus Lt. General David W. Barno, USA (Ret.) (SFS, '87) and Dr. Nora Bensahel. Georgetown veterans are leading the way in innovation. This is an excellent cross section of our veterans ranging from service in the military, diverse backgrounds, and degree programs at Georgetown.
2016 Tillman Scholars
Congratulations to incoming Military Hoyas, Jeremy Marx (School of Medicine) and Ashley Nicolas (Law) who have been selected into the 2016 class of Tillman Scholars! The Pat Tillman Foundation was established to honor Pat Tillman, an NFL player for the Arizona Cardinals who later served in the U.S. Army and was killed in action. Scholars are selected based on academic success and dedication to service. To learn more about this great accomplishment, you can check out the Georgetown University article and the Pat Tillman Foundation's Tillman Scholars website.
Warrior Scholar Project
Georgetown University is collaborating with the Warrior-Scholar Project for the second year to offer a week-long bootcamp for veterans pursuing a higher education degree at a 4-year institution. The Veterans Office is honored to support Warrior-Scholar Project to provide veterans the tools to apply and be successful academically, personally, and professionally. To learn more about the program, check out the article highlighted on Georgetown University's main page.
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Recipient
Ben Brooks, SFS '16, is a dependent of a U.S. Marine and is receiving a scholarship from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. Ben was featured in the Washington Post in an article highlighting how the Marine Corps Scholarship allowed him to excel as a student and give back to the community.
Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs at Georgetown University
Secretary Robert McDonald visited Georgetown University on January 29, 2016 to give a presentation on "Values Based Leadership." Secretary McDonald shared his experiences that help frame the key points he believes makes an effective leader. The presentation can be applied to those with military connections and in the civilian world. To watch the presentation, you can access the link here.
School of Medicine's professor, Dr. Joel Kupersmith, co-authored with the Brookings Institution's Michael O'Hanlon the Gulf War Illness 25 Years After Desert Storm. After a June 2016 symposium co-hosted by the Brookings Institution and Georgetown University Medical Center, the Health Affairs Blog published highlights about the current attitudes, research, and proposed next steps to understand and care for veterans from the Gulf War era.
School of Medicine's professor, Dr. Susan Okie published TBI's Long-Term Follow-up—Slow Progress in Science and Recovery in the New England Journal of Medicine. The publication details personal journeys of two U.S. Army veterans through the years when they did and did not have medical care.
Sebastian Junger released a book called Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, which delves into the transition process from the military into the civilian world. Georgetown University Student Veterans Association's (GUSVA) faculty advisor, Dr. Barbara Mujica recently reviewed the book which was published with the Washington Independent Review of Bookshttp://www.washingtonindependentreviewofbooks.com/.