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Veterans and Service Members
Western Illinois University has earned the distinction as a "Best for Vets College" by Military Times EDGE magazine and ranks in the top 20 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools serving their veterans and service members. Our designation as a Military Friendly School is clearly evidenced by one of the first dedicated resource centers in the State of Illinois specifically designed to meet the needs of our student veterans and service members.
The Veterans Resource Center is committed to assisting those who served or are currently serving in the U.S. military, and their family members. In collaboration with an array of University departments and community organizations, the Veterans Resource Center provides coordinated services and resources in a one-stop location to ensure that all military service members are afforded the greatest opportunities for success.
Veterans and military personnel may receive individualized assistance in completing request forms such as educational and military transcripts; and applications for the G.I. Bill, Illinois Veterans Grant, Illinois National Guard Grant, Illinois MIA/POW Scholarship, Federal Tuition Assistance, and Federal Student Aid programs. Additional services may include help with periods of military activation and deployment; obtaining appropriate housing accommodations; requesting military records; and acquiring community living information, outreach services, and health benefits.
Salute - Veterans National Honor Society
SALUTE is national academic honor society recognizing student veterans and military personnel who have demonstrated outstanding performance in the academic setting. One of the primary goals of SALUTE is to acknowledge, congratulate, hail, pay homage, pay respects, pay tribute, present arms, and recognize members who have shown courage, strength, leadership, excellence, and perseverance in their military endeavors and now are showing that same commitment to their academic careers.
Charter Member of Veterans Honor Society
Because of its commitment to veterans and active duty service personnel, Western Illinois University has been accepted as a charter member of SALUTE (Service – Academics – Leadership – Unity – Tribute - Excellence) Veterans National Honor Society.
"Best for Vets College"
For the seventh consecutive year, WIU has been selected as a "Best for Vets College" by Military Times EDGE magazine. Western, ranked 13th, is the only Illinois public university in the Top 50.