UCI Veteran Services Center

UCI Veteran News

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A Veteran in Our Midst

November 11, 2018

IRVINE, Calif. -- Not every athletic department has a veteran in its midst, but UC Irvine is lucky to have men's volleyball player Andre Castro, who served in the Navy from 2010-2016.

"Andre's experience in the military cultivated a deep appreciation for service and support within a team environment," men's volleyball head coach David Kniffin said. "He has a keen ability and willingness to follow leadership. He operates in a mission-first mindset. I am grateful to Andre for these qualities and I am grateful to the Unites States military for their investment in him. Andre makes our team, University and country better." More...


Veterans and scholars

UCI prides itself on serving those who have served
by Daisy Murguia, UCI | November 8, 2018

Navigating the cultural transition from military to civilian life can be emotionally and financially challenging, as well as fraught with such practical concerns as housing, employment and education. UCI prides itself on serving those who have served, creating a welcoming environment that supports both their social reintegration and their higher education.

In fact, the university is ranked No. 13 nationwide on U.S. News & World Report’s current list of best colleges for veterans and was named a “top veteran-friendly school” in the summer 2018 issue of U.S. Veterans Magazine. More...


UCI Feels Like Home for Navy Veteran and Computer Science Major Timothy Tomas

November 9, 2018
By Shani Murray

UCI’s Veteran Services Center (VSC) aims to provide veterans with the “world-class benefits and services they have earned — and to do so by adhering to the highest standards of compassion, commitment, excellence, professionalism, integrity, accountability, and stewardship.” According to VSC director Adelí Durón, who works to support UCI’s 167 veteran students (including both active duty and reservists) and their families, 33 veterans are in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS).  More... Additional Posting...


Serving those who served

Campus to host Veterans Appreciation Week activities Nov. 6-10
by Brian Bell (U.S. Navy, 1984-91), UCI | November 3, 2017

The UCI Veteran Services Center supports a diverse group of current and former military personnel and their dependents with a host of programs to help with tuition and housing, the transition to student life, comradery and career readiness.

UCI is recognized nationally as a strong institution for service members, earning a rank of No. 16 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 list of the best colleges for veterans. More...


Paying Tribute

UCI honors veterans with flag display, student scholarships and appreciation dinner
by Anna Iliff, UC Irvine | May 29, 2015

Late on Memorial Day, a small group of UC Irvine student-veterans and supporters gathered in Aldrich Park armed with balls of twine to grid a large patch of lawn. They returned just after sunrise Tuesday with thousands of miniature American flags to plant along the grid, ready to complete their mission: honor fallen service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and raise awareness of the 8,000 suicides committed by U.S. veterans each year. More...