MU Veterans Center Q&A

Keith Glindemann, director of MU’s Veterans Center, shares how students connected to the military can get involved with center resources. 

Keith Glindemann

Jan. 24, 2024

What is your role on campus?  

I serve as the director of the University of Missouri Veterans Center. I help support our military-connected students across MU. A military-connected student could be currently serving in the military, a veteran or the spouse or dependent of someone in the military. 

When did Mizzou start offering services for veteran students on campus? 

The University of Missouri has supported veterans all the way back to World War II when the original GI Bill came into existence. We’ve offered support in one fashion or another to ensure veterans could use their benefits and to help them adjust to campus life.  

How does the center support students?

It’s important to help our military-connected students adjust to campus life because many of them come from a military environment – they aren’t the traditional student. They may have come right out of high school and had a break from the academic setting. Maybe they’ve served their country and are just now coming into an academic environment, and they are older than the average student. They might be married and have another job. Some are still serving in a part-time or full-time status, and they’re trying to incorporate studies in their life now. We focus on helping them get through their studies and graduate in the career field of their choice.  

What is the Post-9/11 GI Bill and how is it an asset to students who have served?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is the best GI Bill to date. One of the remarkable things about it is that it can provide anywhere up to 100% of tuition. The bill also provides up to 100% housing benefits, a book allowance and can assist with other fees. It’s transferable under certain conditions to family members. We have many students utilizing benefits transferred to them by their parents.

What are some common misconceptions students may have about this office? 

A misconception is that you can only come if you are using your GI Bill or military tuition assistance. We’re really here to support our military-connected students, connect them to resources and be a friend. We have a great veterans lounge. We host events and activities throughout the year. We want them to know that they’re not alone – we are here.  

How can students get in touch to learn more? 

Come visit us in Memorial Union. We’re in N5 in the north tower on the lower level. We are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They can also call or email us. We also have virtual options because we know everybody is not able to make it in here. Our number is 573-884-4383, if they want to email us, they can do it at 

 MU was recently named to the 2023 Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges list.

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