Alumni Networks

KU Veterans Alumni Network

The KU Veterans Alumni Network connects current and former military, spouses, dependents and allies through resources and events, with the aim of supporting the KU Military-Affiliated community.


KU Vets Day 5K

The annual KU Vets Day 5K begins and ends at Memorial Stadium, traveling through the KU campus past KU’s war memorials. All proceeds from the Vets Day 5K support KU Student Veterans of America chapter, the KU Veterans Alumni Network and the Lt. Gen. William K. Jones Military-Affiliated Student Center. A virtual option is also available.

Challenge Coin

Veterans who are current KUAA members with military service can purchase a Challenge Coin for $5. Join as a new member or upgrade your current membership and receive one for free.

Honorary coins are awarded annually to individuals who have made contributions to the veterans community. Click here to view the list of recipients.

Salute to Service

Salute to Service honors our nation’s service members, veterans and their families. Selected honorees will be recognized on the video board during Kansas Athletics competitions and on social media.

Kansas Veterans Virtual Memory Wall

The Kansas Veterans Virtual Memory Wall at the Dole Institute proudly continues Senator Bob Dole’s commitment to honoring Kansas veterans past and present. Submit a profile and photo of a Kansan who served our country from World War II to today.

Lt. Gen. William K. Jones Military-Affiliated Student Center

The Lt. Gen. William K. Jones Military-Affiliated Student Center serve as KU’s centralized resource for the military-affiliated community, enabling students to achieve their academic, personal and professional goals as they move to, through and beyond the university.

Student Veterans of America

The Student Veterans of America’s goal is to support military-affiliated students, and the community by providing opportunities in building and applying leadership and professional skills that will prepare students for their future careers and acquire a competitive advantage in the labor market.

KU War Memorials

Warren Corman, e’50, shares the stories behind the six war memorials on the University of Kansas campus. Corman served 13 years as KU’s university architect and is a member of the KU Veterans Alumni Network executive committee. He served in the United States Navy. 

Kansas Memorial Union

The Kansas Memorial Union is a memorial for the 129 KU students and alumni who died during the World War I. The building was completed in 1938.

Memorial Stadium

Memorial Stadium was officially dedicated on November 11, 1922. Along with the Kansas Union, it is an official memorial to the KU men and women who lost their lives during World War I.

Victory Eagle

The Victory Eagle is a Kansas treasure that honors veterans and casualties of World War I from Douglas County, some of whom were KU students.

Memorial Carillon & Campanile

On May 27, 1951, the Memorial Carillon and Campanile, dedicated May 27, 1951,  honors the 277 KU men and women who gave their lives in World War II.

Korean War Memorial

A seven-foot sculpture called “Korean Cranes Rising,” created by artist Jon Havener, honors the 60 KU students, faculty, staff and alumni who died in the Korean War.

Vietnam War Memorial

On May 25, 1986, the KU Vietnam Memorial became the nation’s first on-campus commemorative honoring those who died in America’s longest war, including 59 KU students and alumni. 

Network Leaders

Veterans Alumni Network Leaders

COL Mike Denning
c'83, USMC Ret.
Vice President
COL Greg Freix
g'99, USAF Ret.
Secretary MASC Executive Director Newsletter Editor
April Blackmon Strange
KU Alumni Liaison
Kelsey Galle
Executive Committee
MSGT Chris Campbell
Executive Committee
CAPT James Cooper
c'74, Navy Ret.
Executive Committee
Warren Corman
e'50, Navy
Executive Committee
COL Bernie Kish
PhD'98, Army Ret.
Executive Committee
AMB David Lambertson
Dept. of State Ret.
Executive Committee
COL Steven Leonard
Army Ret.
Executive Committee
Prof. Adrian Lewis
Army Ret.
Executive Committee
Lt Col Jeffrey Long
'85 USAF Ret.
Executive Committee
Randy Masten
g'03 PhD'19, Army Ret.
Executive Committee
Sean Navarro
Air National Guard​
Executive Committee
BG Michael Rounds
Army Ret.
Executive Committee
Sarah Weygand
Coast Guard
Executive Committee
LTC Trent Williams
Air Force Ret.
Ex Officio
CAPT Todd Copeland
Navy, Commander NROTC
Ex Officio
LTC Calvin Taetzsch
Army, Commander AROTC
Ex Officio
LTC Charles Dorssom
Air Force, Commander AFROTC
SVA Advisor
Drew Beets
Ad Hoc
Jim Pottorff
l'84, Army Ret.
Ad Hoc
Ashley Urban
EdD'20, Political Science
SVA President
Brien Stonebreaker

Contact Us

Questions about the KU Veterans Alumni Network? Fill out the form below and we’ll contact you as soon as possible. 

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