Military Affairs

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Faculty and Staff Resources

Military-Affiliated Faculty and Staff

Do you have a military affiliation, either through your own service or that of a spouse or parent? If so, the Office of Military Affairs would like for you to join us for special events throughout the year, such as our Veterans Week celebration or one of our Military Appreciation athletic events. Please email Melanie Nelson ( to be added to the invitation list for special events. 

Campus Green Zone Training

The Office of Military Affairs offers Campus Green Zone training to all faculty and staff. This workshop provides an introduction to military culture, describes the challenges faced by military-affiliated students as they enter higher education, and discusses ways that UNCW works to recruit and retain these students. Participants will explore ways that they can support military-affiliated students from within their roles at the university. 

If interested, individuals may register for the training through the Employee Dare to Learn portal. The two-hour training sessions are usually offered once per month, and are offered via Zoom when not available in person. 

Alternatively, faculty, staff and pre-service students may now enroll to take the Campus Green Zone workshop as a self-paced tutorial in Canvas. Email Melanie Nelson ( to get started. 

Departments may also schedule training sessions by emailing Melanie Nelson ( 

The Office of Military Affairs received a Friends of UNCW Grant in 2019 to purchase books that help further the ideas discussed in Green Zone training; staff and faculty are welcome to borrow these books any time from the Office of Military Affairs (Veterans Hall 1029).  

Military-affiliated Student Support at UNCW

All military-affiliated students (veterans, active duty service members, National Guard and Reserves service members, military spouses, and military dependents) have access to the Office of Military Affairs, including the lounge, kitchen, and quiet study area in Veterans Hall 1029. 

Veterans and those currently serving have access to priority registration, a parking permit discount, and designated parking spaces. 

All military-affiliated students have access to the military payment plan through their eBill. 

Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits

Military-affiliated students often have questions and concerns about the use of their Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits at UNCW. VA benefits may be referred to by chapter or by the name or abbreviation of the name of the benefit. For example, a student might say "I'm using my Chapter 33 benefits" or "I'm using my Post-9/11 GI Bill" to refer to the same program.

At UNCW, VA benefits are handled by the VA Certifying Officials in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid; when a student has a question about their enrollment or their payments, please direct the student to contact the VA Certifying Officials using their Zoom drop-in rooms or by emailing

Additional information about VA benefits is available on our VA Benefits Resources page

Veterans Affairs Healthcare Appointments/Deployment/Homecomings

Sometimes, military-affiliated students need to be excused from class for a variety of reasons, including appointments at a VA Healthcare Clinic, participation in military drill or training, or participation in a deployment family day send-off or homecoming. These are valid reasons to excuse an absence, so please work with these students to grant them flexibility when possible. Students will do their best to inform you ahead of time when they will miss class, and they will provide necessary documentation, although the documentation may be delayed. Please be aware that VA Healthcare appointments and deployment homecomings are not always scheduled with advance warning, so again, flexibility is key. 

Other Resources

The Veterans Administration (VA) provides a Campus Toolkit with useful information on the adjustment processes that student veterans face when entering higher education and suggestions on how to work with student veterans in the classroom.  

The PsychArmor Institute offers free online training courses to help people understand military culture and veterans in higher education. 

Office of Military Affairs

The staff of the Office of Military Affairs is here to support faculty and staff as they learn how to interact with our military-affiliated population. Please reach out if you have questions or concerns about how to support our students.

If you have information to share with military-affiliated students, such as upcoming events or research, internship, work study, community service or job opportunities, you may email the details of the event and images for social media to Melanie Nelson ( for inclusion in the weekly roundup, which goes through the Military-affiliated Student Listserv. The roundup goes out on Wednesdays when classes are in session. Faculty and staff are also welcome to join the Listserv. 

Additionally, the Office of Military Affairs will gladly help you coordinate research efforts with local military populations. Please remember that public access to military bases is restricted, and any visits to local military installations will require an advance request through the Office of Military Affairs; please contact Joanna DeMott, the Military Affairs Program Coordinator, at to coordinate a visit.   

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