Military Support Information
To provide military-affiliated personnel with the support and resources they need to succeed at PLU and beyond.
We envision a world where our military-affiliated graduates are key community leaders who inspire peaceful growth and stability the world over.
Area of Responsibility
The Office of Military Support seeks to enact this mission through the guidance and leadership of the Director of Military Outreach, and with the assistance of the Vet Corps Navigator. Whereas the Director of Military Outreach serves as the principal point-of-contact for all military-affiliated prospective students, and the Vet Corps Navigator acts as the chief point-of-contact for the currently enrolled military-affiliated population.
It is the responsibility of the Director of Military Outreach and the Vet Corps Navigator to familiarize themselves with both the on-campus offices and agencies, as well as those in the local community so that effective and efficient support is afforded to the military-affiliated campus population. Additionally, the Director of Military Outreach and the Vet Corps Navigator are to occupy and make available the two Veterans Centers on campus – Hauge 107, which hosts the offices of the Director of Military Outreach and the Vet Corps Navigator, as well as offering a study space and smaller lounge area; and the first-floor dayroom of the Kriedler Residence Hall, which acts as a larger communal gathering space for Kriedler Hall residents, those with junior or senior class standing, commuter students, and the military-affiliated population.
History of Military Support
- 1945-1946 – GIs return from World War II. Campus military-affiliated population pose for photograph on the steps of Harstad Hall and also in a World War II Willys Jeep.
- 1959 – PLU has a Veteran’s Club. Members include: Row 1: J. Armstong, C. Standifer, P. Benson, Mr. Farmer, advisor; W. Lennon, J. Baughman, D. Vaughn, D. Roberts. Row 2: B. Freeman, L. Robinson, D. Hollingsworth, E. Mellum, R. Kuper, G. Vine, K. Olsen, L. Schoenberg, F. Squires, E. Katz.
- 1979 – AFROTC program held at UPS in conjunction with UPS, PLU, St Martins, Ft. Steilacoom, and TCC. There are two-year and four-year programs available.
- 1986-1987 – PLU begins to offer Army ROTC program separate from the previously affiliated institutions. Now in partnership with Seattle University.
- 1996 – PLU establishes Veterans Affairs Coordinator position and hires Neshell Chabot to fulfill the role. As the VA coordinator, Chabot provides support for assigned regions in areas related to certification of enrollments for students receiving MGIB and VA Vocational Rehabilitation benefits. Assists staff and faculty with inquiries about the student records for these students.
- 2001-2002 – PLU becomes host school for ROTC and the Lute Battalion is exclusive to PLU.
- 2010 – The first Vet Corps Navigator position founded by Michael Farnum and housed in the Diversity Center. PLU Student Veterans Association founded by Alyssa Mehl. PLU becomes Washington Department of Veterans Affairs “Partners for Veteran Supportive Campuses.”
- 2012 – Diversity Center hires Nicole Juliano as the Programs Coordinator. As part of her duties, Juliano helps oversee support of veteran students.
- 2013 – University establishes Director for Military Outreach position, and hires Michael Farnum to fulfill the duties and responsibilities assigned to the position. Kridler Lounge opens space to allow for military-affiliated student usage.
- 2017-2018 – University opens Center for Military Support, located in Room 107, Hauge Administration Building. This location acts as the primary office for the Director of Military Outreach, an office space for the Vet Corps Navigator, and finally as a lounge/meeting space for military-affiliated students.
- 2018 – Military-affiliated websites created. Sites make navigation easier for students, faculty, staff members and community partners.