Supporting our Veterans

We are here to support you as you transform your military experience into a nursing career.


Our Veterans

At The University of New Mexico and the College of Nursing, we value our veteran and active-duty military students, faculty and staff. We understand your strengths. We support your unique challenges.

Our veteran faculty and staff will guide you through your nursing journey, as you transform your military training to become a Lobo Nurse.


UNM Veteran & Military Resource Center

The VRC is dedicated to providing the highest quality and comprehensive support to student veterans in an atmosphere that provides commitment, respect, and academic excellence. They provide education, administrative services, and job advisement to our student veterans, their families, and active duty students, as well as outreach to military communities at large.

We Support our Veterans



The University of New Mexic takes pride in being rated a 2021-2022 Military Friendly Gold University on

Headshot Matthew Sarazin

It is quite a contrast moving from “paratrooper infantryman” to “nurse,” but the parallels are astonishing.  Both professions are confronted with the fragility and mortality of the human condition. It seems then only natural to take the strength and resilience tempered by battle and turn it into a torch of hope for those experiencing health challenges here at home.

Matthew Sarazin, BSN 2020

We support you and help offset the cost of your education. That is why we focus on applying for – and receiving – grants to help you pay for nursing school. We currently have a three-year, $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration – Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention – Veterans Nurses in Primary Care Training Program grant.

Interested veteran BSN students are eligible to receive a generous stipend – no financial payback – for agreeing to do 150 clinical hours in a primary care setting during levels 4 and 5. Hours may be fulfilled in local VA clinics or other primary care sites around the state.

For more information about the stipend and how to apply, please contact Heidi Orehek at

Who knows your situation better than a fellow veteran? That is why we have 13 veteran faculty and staff at the UNM College of Nursing. We also have 17 students in the undergraduate programs.

You will have a dedicated veteran faculty mentor who guides the BSN experience. They can help you find veteran focused resources including:

  • Figuring out how to use veteran tuition benefits
  • Certifying courses
  • Employment strategies

We also offer veteran nursing student support group meetings. Share your challenges and your successes with peers. You are all in this together.

When we don’t have the answer, The University of New Mexico UNM Veteran & Military Resource Center will help.

Who better to care for veterans than veterans? They understand your needs better than anyone else. That is why we offer unique clinical experiences designed to expose you to veteran patients and settings. You may have opportunities to work with the VA in person, through telehealth, and to participate in College of Nursing Primary Care TeleECHO™ veteran case studies.

We aren’t all veterans. We don’t know everything about your experience. That is why Green Zone training is provided to our faculty and staff so we can better understand the experience and educational needs of veterans, service members and their families at UNM. After going through the training we are able to better communicate the strengths, challenges and unique needs of our military affiliated student population and refer those students to appropriate services when needed.

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Our City

Albuquerque is a unique city. A military city – Kirtland Air Force Base just minutes from campus. You can take advantage of the urban city living and health services available at New Mexico VA Health Care System. Venture throughout New Mexico and you will find Holloman Air Force Base, Cannon Air Force Base, and White Sands Missile Range.

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Grant Paves the Way for Military Veterans to Become Nurses

The University of New Mexico College of Nursing is proud to count military veterans and active duty personnel among its student population. Now, thanks to a three-year $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration, the College will be actively recruiting veterans for its undergraduate ranks.

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Explore our Nursing Programs

Our undergraduate and graduate nursing programs prepare you for success. Learn more and choose the program for you.

Veteran Support

Veterans Partnership Liaison

Heidi Orehek, MSN, CNE
Lecturer, Student Success Coach 
(505) 272-2612

Take the first step in your journey.