Opened in the Fall of 2015, the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education provides residential and non-residential support services to empower student veterans with disabilities to realize their potential through a world-class education experience that prepares them to lead fulfilling, meaningful, and maximally independent lives.

Through educational innovations, research breakthroughs, and a dedicated staff of counselors and specialists, the Center supports student veterans’ health and full participation in society. Our programs are based on a long history of leadership in disability services, a passionate commitment to serve our nation’s veterans and their families from an individual and personal perspective, and in the context of a transformative learning experience from one of the world’s leading universities.

There are many reasons why our campus might be the perfect fit for you, like our designation as a Paralympic Training Site and other competitive sports opportunities; a thriving student veteran community; top graduation and employment rates for students with disabilities; a veteran focused academic and transition support system; broad and deep educational opportunities at the undergraduate, professional, and graduate levels in just about anything that you can imagine; and many others.

If you are a veteran with a disabling condition who is looking for a place where you can take the next step in making a significant and visible societal impact, look no further. The Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the place for you.

Construction Gallery

Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

Ron Chez, Bill Goodman, and Dean Gallagher and soldiers posing with shovels at building site The groundbreaking on November 8, 2013, took place at the site of the $14 million center on West Nevada Street in Urbana.

Student Profile

Garrett Anderson

Current Local Business Showcases Center For Wounded Veterans

Dr. Nicholas Osborne interviewed by Alex Ruggieri

Deloitte and Northern Trust Pledge Support

aerial view of Chicago skyline

Million-Dollar Gift Names Third Floor of Chez Vet Center

Justin Seno standing behind Dean Gallagher and Adeline “Jo” Puccini 4 logos of organizations who endorse Illinois' support of veterans: Military Advanced Education Top Colleges and Universities, Military Friendly Schools, Best for Vets Colleges 2015 Military times, and Student Veterans of America


Thank you for your interest! We recently opened our Center and are currently serving students. Through this process we are determining the types of volunteer opportunities that will be available through our diverse range of programs and services. Please refer to our home page often as volunteer opportunities will be posted as they become available.

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