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Veteran Services

Mission

Veteran Student Services assists student veterans in their transition to college and supports them in achieving their educational goals. Through collaborations with the university and external partners, we provide support, resources and programs that are relevant to veterans at DePaul.  The office also works to promote an environment that is inclusive of the veteran experience, in which student veterans can thrive as engaged members of the DePaul community. 

Meet the Veteran Liaisons

Veteran Liaisons are DePaul students with prior military experience that can help you connect with benefits and resources as well as provide support in transitioning to academic life.

Our Veterans Liaisons

Ryan Nash

Ryan Nash served five years on active duty in the United States Coast Guard. He was stationed in Grand Haven, MI, and Houma, LA, and continues to serve at Marine Safety Unit Chicago in the USCG Reserves. In Louisiana, Ryan was a liaison that relayed information between civilian contractors and military officers. He is currently a senior at DePaul University where he is pursuing a degree in environmental science. Ryan hopes to provide awareness to DePaul veteran students in the form of campus resources, information on benefits and the overall transition process. If you have any questions for Ryan, please email him at rnash5@depaul.edu. ​

Daniel Eggensammer

Daniel Eggensammer served four years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman with 2nd BN, 5th MAR. In 2011, Dan was deployed to Japan when his unit was tasked to provide humanitarian relief efforts after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck mainland Japan. In 2012, Dan spent seven months in Helmand Province, Afghanistan conducting combat operations. Dan is currently pursuing his MBA with a concentration in Leadership & Change Management. He recently graduated from DePaul University with his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Dan is excited about upcoming events connecting veterans to one another and getting more involved within the community. If you have any questions for Dan, please email him at deggensa@depaul.edu. ​

Christopher Dillon

Christopher Dillon served 6 years on active duty in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed on Marine Corps Base Hawaii where he worked as an aviation structural mechanic. While stationed in Hawaii, he was assigned as quality assurance inspector for the P-3 Orion reconnaissance aircraft. During his enlistment, he deployed three times to Okinawa, Japan, Sicily, and Djibouti, Africa. Christopher also attended Hawaii Pacific University for a short while. He is now attending DePaul and a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Finance. He hopes to help fellow student veteran’s transition back to life as a student, while providing information of all the resources that DePaul has to offer. If you have any questions for Chris, please email him at cdillon4@depaul.edu. ​

Bridget Keane

Bridget Keane served five years in the United States Marine Corps, first as a public affairs specialist at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, then as a Marine Security Guard. During her tour as a Marine Security Guard, Bridget served at embassies in Hanoi, Vietnam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nassau, Bahamas. She is currently a senior at DePaul University pursuing her bachelors in public relations and communications. She looks forward to assisting student veterans and providing them with the resources to help during their transition from active duty. If you have any questions for Bridget, feel free to email her at bkeane1@depaul.edu. ​

Eric King

Eric King served 8 years active in the United States Army. He was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Carson, Colorado, and Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He deployed to Iraq from 2007 to 2009 with the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment, and Afghanistan twice; once with the 4th Infantry Division in 2010 and again in 2012 with the 101st Airborne Division. Eric is a senior in the College of Computing and Digital Media’s undergraduate Network Engineering & Security program. He is familiar with several resources within the University as well as within the veteran community and the Department of Veteran Affairs. Eric is eager and ready to assist veterans and those utilizing Veterans Affairs education benefits with any issues that they may have during their time at DePaul. If you have any questions for Eric, please email him at eking24@depaul.edu. ​

Heather Duke

Heather Duke served six years on active duty in the United States Navy. She was first stationed in Sasebo,Japan as a hovercraft deck mechanic for Assault Craft Unit-5 Western Pacific Detachment as one of the first women in a previously male only unit. During her three years she deployed every year with ships like the USS Tortuga and the USS Essex. On her first deployment she was able to spend two weeks in Australia, one of her favorite countries.

After three years overseas, she came back to the United States to be stationed on the USS Gravely DDG107. As a plank owner she was promoted to Gas Turbine Mechanical Second Class Petty Officer. Now as a senior at DePaul, studying Computer Science with a concentration in Software engineering she hopes to one day use her mechanical and chemical knowledge combined with her love of programming. She looks forward to assisting veterans with the tools and information they need to succeed here at DePaul and find a fulfilling career after graduation. Snipe for Life!​ ​

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Advocacy Services

DePaul University has many departments that support our veteran students. Our office and these departments work together to help veterans transition into university life with the end goal of successful completion of a degree. Below is a list of departments that veterans can use during their time at DePaul.

More information is available on the Adult, Veteran and Commuter Student Services web page.

Community Building

DePaul is fortunate to have Veteran Student Services offices in the Loop and Lincoln Park. These offices are available for veteran students and students using veterans benefits to come and visit with other veteran students. It is also an office that can help answer any questions that DePaul veteran students might have. Visit us at:

Loop Campus Lincoln Park Campus
1. E Jackson Blvd, DePaul Center, Suite 11007 2250 N. Sheffield Ave, Student Center,Room 360

Some community building opportunities are listed below:

Veterans Quarterly Connect

Student veterans are welcomed back to campus every quarter with food and camaraderie. The event takes place during the 2nd week of every quarter in both Lincoln Park and the Loop. ​

Veterans Day

Veterans Day at DePaul is a time to celebrate the contributions that veterans make in the classroom and throughout campus. This day of celebration is observed every November, in collaboration with a variety of university departments. ​

Memorial Day

DePaul prepares for Memorial Day weekend with a commemoration service for fallen service members that spreads awareness across campus about the significance of the holiday and asks all to pledge support for troops in service.

Transition to Careers

Sponsored by Bank of America, this program is a partnership between six DePaul departments that have come together to deliver skills-based resources and ongoing support to ensure that currently enrolled student veterans are not only prepared to transition into employment, but also to make decisions that impact long-term financial stability. 

Through a series of workshops, ongoing individual services and career networking opportunities, our goal is to ensure that DePaul student veterans are successfully transitioning to their civilian careers after graduation.

DePaul student veterans that participate in the program will:

  • Learn skills for conducting an effective job search
  • Receive hands-on resume and cover letter writing support
  • Gain access to alumni and corporate representatives for an expanded network
  • Get personal financial and long-term financial planning support
  • Have access to assistance with legal issues and other barriers to employment
  • Learn how to access ongoing support from DePaul resources

Employer Connections

Employers interested in sponsoring a meeting of the Student Veterans Union should contact mburda1@depaul.edu to schedule a visit.Emplouers jlijlkjl

Ongoing Support

The following DePaul offices have partnered to develop workshops for veterans as well as provide ongoing support related to the careers and financial futures of student veterans. Visit each website to view their resource offerings, and to learn how to contact them for support.

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