We Are UNCW Military
Bill Kawcyznski
Bill Kawczynski
Director, Military Affairs

Staff portrait of Melanie Nelson

Melanie Nelson
Military Student Services Specialist

Joanna DeMott staff portrait

Joanna DeMott
Military Liaison and Program Manager

VA Class Schedule Form

SUBMIT THE VA CLASS SCHEDULE FORMYou may sign the form digitally and click "Submit" at the bottom of the form OR complete the form, print, sign, scan and email to finaid@uncw.edu.

VA Benefits Resources

Please review our VA Benefits Resources page for helpful information and answers to frequently asked questions. 

Mildly Entertaining at UNCW Podcast

Staff from the Office of Military Affairs interview representatives from other campus offices and from community support services in this lighthearted, yet informative podcast. Listen to Mildly Entertaining 

The Military Seahawk Podcast

Student veterans and other guests describe their experiences transitioning out of the military and into college life. Streaming now on TealTV.org or wherever you stream your podcasts.Listen to The Military Seahawk Podcast 


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Military Seahawk! 

*Notice: The Military Resource Lounge is currently closed to students. Office of Military Affairs staff are teleworking, and may be reached by the email addresses listed in the left-hand sidebar. Students are welcome to email us to schedule Zoom appointments as necessary.

Please review the message from Chancellor Sartarelli concerning planning guidance for the Fall 2020 semester. 

The Office of Military Affairs exists to support you in your academic journey and beyond. Our students represent all branches of military service. We have veterans, active duty service members, reservists, and National Guard members, as well as military/veteran family members. Our students are engaged across campus and online in a variety of academic programs. 

Please use the buttons above and below to explore our programs and support services. Everyone's situation is different, and we recognize that navigating VA educational benefits and UNCW processes can be challenging. Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions (email Melanie Nelson, the Military Student Services Specialist, at nelsonms@uncw.edu).

Here is a quick overview of UNCW resources for military-affiliated students:

  • Advocacy from admission through graduation
  • Priority registration for student veterans and military service members
  • Parking discount for student veterans and military service members
  • Payment plan for student veterans, military service members, and their spouses and dependents
  • In-state tuition for qualifying veterans, active service members, and spouses or dependents via the Veterans Choice Act
  • Assistance with navigating Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits
  • Access to the Military Resource Lounge for free coffee, snacks, printing and school supplies
  • Information about military-affiliated scholarships 
  • Career resources, including internships and job opportunities designated for military-affiliated students
  • Connections to local Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs)
  • Connection to the Student Veterans Organization at UNCW, a chapter of Student Veterans of America
  • Easily transferable military credits
  • Facilitation of My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) benefits for military spouses
  • Facilitation of Department of Defense Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits
  • Free graduation cords for military/veterans and spouses/dependents
  • Military liaison librarian
  • Dedicated full-time Office of Military Affairs staff
  • Research-based programming for military-affiliated students
  • Green Zone training facilitation for faculty, staff and student groups
  • Alumni reunion events

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U.S. Flags planted around Veterans Hall building with two trees in front on Chancellor's Walk

Memorial Day Observance

The way we observe Memorial Day may be different this year from our usual gatherings, but we can choose to view this as an opportunity to engage in deeper personal reflection or to join in a virtual observance of this solemn day. It is a privilege to have served a country that allows space for this kind of recognition, however you may choose to honor those who have gone before us. 

Here is more information about the significance of Memorial Day.  

You may participate in a virtual Memorial Day Ceremony hosted by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund at 1 p.m. Monday, May 25, 2020.

You may observe a national moment of silence at 3 p.m. local time on Monday, May 25, 2020. 

National Graduation Ceremony

Student Veterans of America will stream a graduation ceremony to celebrate the achievements of the hundred thousand veterans graduating this year on Friday, June 12 at 6 p.m. ET. 

National Medal of Honor Recipient Day

On March 25, the nation recognizes recipients of the Medal of Honor. This is the highest military honor awarded by the United States of America, for those who have gone beyond the call of duty in combat. It was first awarded during the Civil War in 1863, and since then, 3,468 Medals of Honor have been awarded; that's 3,468 people who are considered heroes for their valor and dedication to the mission and their comrades at arms. Learn more about all Medal of Honor recipients through the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation

Fireside Chat CANCELED

The event planned for March 23 has been CANCELED. This is due to evolving circumstances related to the coronavirus; for the time being, the university has placed restrictions on holding large events.

We thank you for your interest in attending this event, and we do intend to reschedule it. Please follow the Office of Military Affairs on social media or check our website, uncw.edu/military, for further information about this and other events throughout the year.

 We hope that all in our community stay healthy and well.

Updates on Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCOV)

Please visit the UNCW Student Health Center Updates page for the latest information on prevention, resources and travel advisories related to the coronavirus. 

Passing of Local World War II Veteran

Jimmy Smith, a World War II veteran, sits in a wheelchair waving a small U.S. flag while student veterans and other veterans from World War II look on

James "Jimmy" Smith, a World War II veteran who lived in the Wilmington area, passed away on January 9, 2020. UNCW had honored Jimmy along with other World War II veterans at the Military Appreciation Basketball Game during Veterans Week 2019. Learn more about Jimmy's life and legacy in this Wilmington Star-News obituary

Student Veteran Selected as 2020 Pickering Fellow

Student Shah Soligne stands on UNCW's campus

Shah Soligné, a student veteran who graduated in December 2019, was selected as a 2020 Pickering Fellow. Pickering Fellowships are national-level scholarships that support students seeking careers in the U.S. Foreign Service. Learn more about Shah and his experiences.  


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Hannah Schield, a military-affiliated student, was selected as the Cameron School of Business Outstanding Graduate for December 2019. Read her We Are UNCW profile to learn more about how she succeeded at UNCW and her plans for the future. 

One of our student veterans, Joe Wessel, was also interviewed recently for We Are UNCW. Joe is the current president of the Student Veterans Organization and was selected for the Student Veterans of America Leadership Conference. 

Veterans Week 2019

From Veterans Day on Monday, November 11 through Friday, November 15, 2019, UNCW celebrated our veterans and the contributions they make to the UNCW community. 

Bill Kawczynski at a podium outdoors to speak for the Veterans Day ceremony     Veterans observing the Veterans Day ceremony     People holding large US flag on basketball court

Guest Lecture

On Friday, October 18, O'Neal Walker, a psychologist at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, spoke on the topic of PTSD and associated issues; here is a recording of the talk

Faculty and Staff Training Retreat 2019

Each year, the Office of Military Affairs hosts a training retreat for faculty and staff. This retreat, in conjunction with our Green Zone training, allows campus representatives to see firsthand what life is like at a military installation. It helps them to build their understanding of what military-affiliated students bring to the higher education environment, as well as of the challenges military-affiliated students face when entering higher education. This understanding paves the way for campus administrators and faculty members to craft policies, design programs, and create initiatives that support our military-affiliated students. Learn more in this article from the Camp Lejeune Globe.   

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UNCW is honored to recognize the service of our veterans, active-duty military personnel, and their families.

Veteran's Week Videos:
Veterans Week @ UNCW
John Scherer, UNCW General Counsel and US Army Veteran
Shandi Black, VA Student worker and US Air Force Veteran
Richard Jenkins, UNCW Parking & Transportation and USMC Veteran

View more videos on Vimeo.
View Military Spotlight Videos on Vimeo.


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