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Celebrating Our Longhorn Veterans

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Tower and American flag during the day

On Veterans Day, we honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. At The University of Texas at Austin, we have about 520 student veterans, but it also has active duty, National Guard, Reserves from all of the branches, and Texas State Guard. Additionally, about 1,500 dependents of veterans are Longhorn students.

UT is consistently ranked the No. 1 university in Texas and known as one of the best in the country for veteran students, and our Veteran and Military Affiliated Services office provides resources and scholarships for students, career and post-graduation preparation opportunities, and emergency support.

“I don’t know another school in the country that gives $50,000 a year in discretionary funding specifically for our veterans,” says Jeremiah Gunderson, who leads UT’s VMAS office. “The students who started out in our program are doing important work at companies and getting well established. We’re feeling the impact of what was given to them here, because now they’re trying to do the same thing in their community, and a lot of them come back here and give back.”

Meet just a few of our Longhorn veterans and learn more about the VMAS office and why UT is a top university for veterans:

Age is just a number
Senior communication studies major finishes his degree after 30-year hiatus

‘This is the best law school for veterans.”
A strong community, unique academic opportunities, and enticing job prospects among the reasons veterans are increasingly enrolling at Texas Law.

Turning the Page
Helping student veterans get past “bro culture” and integrate back into civilian life is just one reason UT has become a top university for ex-warriors

A Veteran Connection
Alumnus Dick Wade’s generosity will help fellow veterans through college. Meet the first student to receive his scholarship.

5 World-Changing Veterans from UT Austin
These five veterans, who were once students at UT Austin, represent Longhorn values and prove that what starts here changes the world.

Honoring Graduating Veterans
Military veterans are used to challenges, but the ones they face when they enter higher education can be as daunting as any other. This year, UT honored more than 70 who earned their degrees on the Forty Acres.

The incredible story of Veteran and U.S. goalie Jen Lee, who didn’t allow a goal at the Paralympics (NBC Sports)
UT College of Education alumnus Jen Yung Lee is an Army veteran and a three-time gold medalist.

Video: Veteran Spouse Network Provides Vital Support
The VSN is part of the Institute for Military & Veteran Family Wellness, a joint institute of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work and Dell Medical School Department of Health Social Work.

Commentary: On Veterans Day, we should ponder the meaning of the ultimate sacrifice (Austin American-Statesman)
Written by Tom Palaima, the Robert M. Armstrong Centennial Professor of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

UT and the entire Longhorn community extends our sincerest thanks to those who have sacrificed for the betterment of our country. We appreciate the important sacrifices of both veterans and their families and loved ones, from the front lines to the home front. Happy Veterans Day.