The UIVA is a student organization geared toward providing opportunities for Veterans, Guard and Reservists, as well as spouses and dependents that attend the University of Iowa. Here at Iowa, we take a holistic approach to providing information to those transitioning from the military, those who have been out for a while, and those who are still serving. The programming we have here at Iowa takes into consideration our skills, background, and diversity. The UIVA is run for and by those who serve -- and continue to do so. We have a rich legacy of service here -- with 3 buildings being named after veterans here on campus. The organization is focused on building strong sense of esprit de corps and community as well as promoting the benefits of service and how that knowledge helps our Hawkeye community.
The University of Iowa has multiple spaces dedicated to veterans and are located in the Communications Building across from the Main Library on Madison Street. Known as the Vet’s Center here on campus, the spaces provide veterans a quite place with computer access and free printing to study, an area for tutoring, as well as social engagement lounge with TV, video games, food and drinks.
The UIVA is not a pro-war or anti-war organization and is specifically here to provide support for all military-affiliated students.
Some events organized by UIVA student veterans are; the Warrior Challenge, The Things They Carry Ruck March, Toys 4 Tots donation drive, and a Veteran’s Day Week where student veterans plant flags on the West Lawn of the Pentacrest as well as hold various events throughout campus to raise awareness about the military experience and how it affects all of us.
In addition to these structured and formal organized events, UIVA students organize outings akin to those that veterans might be accustom to from their time in service, social events, charity events and community outreach.
In short, the UIVA is all the socialization perks one has in the military, without the drains of military obligations.