Veteran and Military Center

Give to the Veteran and Military Center

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Why Give?

Why is it important to give to our Veteran and Military-Connected students?

Wright State serves nearly 700 student veterans, military-connected, and active-duty personnel. We do not know the exact number because not all veterans choose to disclose their service. Our student veterans are older—averaging age 30—and are often juggling the demands of family, work, and school, like other non-traditional students. For some, making the transition directly from the military to college can be disorienting. They are moving from a culture where the rules for success and engagement are clearly defined to an environment where they must actively promote themselves.

The field of higher education is working hard to gain clarity in understanding the impact and trauma of war. It also is beginning to accept that it must provide a comprehensive array of services to veterans to serve them successfully. Your financial support allows the Veteran and Military Center (VMC) to customize our support for our veterans in ways that matter the most to them.

When you choose to make a gift to the VMC, you directly impact both students and supports veteran and military oriented programs.

Available Funds

Hospitality Gifts

We believe in the power of breaking bread. Nothing says that better than by providing a cup of coffee, snacks, or even a hot meal in a safe and welcoming space. When we designed the VMC we heard that our student veterans wanted an environment that mirrored a USO.

You can assist us by:

  • Making donations to the student canteen. This can include cans of soda/pop/juice or small individually wrapped snack items. If you have perishable items please call ahead. For obvious reasons, we prefer perishable items (e.g. locally grown apples) at the beginning of the week.
  • Sponsor a Meal. Whether you are bringing pizza or would like to sponsor a breakfast, lunch, or dinner, we encourage you to call us so we can coordinate timing and publicity. We love surprises, too – but just let us know you’re coming at 937-775-5550.
  • Sponsor a night out with the Raiders
    • Providing opportunities for fellowship and for families is a unique challenge. Few things are more rewarding than supporting our basketball and baseball teams. Sponsorship can include providing popcorn and soda to our vets and their families or renting out the party deck. Please contact us for more information or give now and let us use the funds as appropriate. 

There are obviously many other ways to support our veterans. Please feel free to contact us for a list of preferred items or if you have any other questions or ideas. Call at 937-775-5553 or email us at


GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at