The Hub for the Veteran Community

On November 11th, UW-W celebrated Veterans Day. Here at Andersen Library, we wanted to express our honor for the veterans on campus and share some information about how we like to support vets in the library.

On both the UW-Whitewater and UW-Whitewater at Rock County campuses, there are 425 Veterans, Military Service and Family Members. In order to serve these veterans, Andersen Library welcomes veterans as students to utilize the UW-W Veterans and Service Members Lounge, commonly referred to as the Veterans Lounge, located on the second floor of the library, room 2208A.  

“The Veterans Lounge in Andersen Library is a really great place for veterans to hang out and meet other vets, do homework, or just relax,” said Veterans Benefits Coordinator/Office Manager, Amy Moore.

Committed to ensuring Veterans are successful here at UW-Whitewater and UW-Whitewater at Rock County, Coordinator of Student Veterans & Military Services, Richard Harris agrees on the importance of the Veterans Lounge in Andersen Library.

“The veterans use the lounge to develop relationships that will provide support as they pursue their educational goals,” said Harris.

Used on a daily basis, the Veteran’s Lounge provides a safe space on campus for veterans to connect and decompress in-between classes. This lounge includes two computers, study space, television, mini-fridge, microwave, and separate meeting rooms for veterans to use.

As Chapter President of the Student Veterans Organization, a chapter of Student Veterans of America, Curtis Lemke values the social environment that the Veterans Lounge provides.

“We swap stories from our time in the military and complain about the workload and deadlines from professors. We discuss problems we are facing and get advice about how to overcome them from other student veterans who have faced similar situations,” said Lemke. “The Veterans Lounge is where we foster friendships. It is the campus hub for the veteran’s community.”

Here at Andersen Library, it is an honor to provide this space for veterans to be themselves and connect with other Warhawks.

 For more information, questions, or concerns about the Veterans Lounge please visit https://www.uww.edu/registrar/veterans-services.

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