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Military Benefits

Empowering our students to make the most out of their college experience! 
MiSsissippi National Guard Form
Benefits Intake Form (Veterans and Dependents)
Benefits Intake Form (Active Duty, national guard and Reserve) 
Federal Tuition Assistance Form
Non-Resident Tuition Exception Form
Joint Services Transcript Form



Yes, VA tutorial assistance is available if you’re receiving VA educational benefits at the half-time or higher rate and have a deficiency in a subject that makes tutoring necessary. You can be reimbursed by the VA up to $100 per month, up to a maximum of $1200 in a year. Any tutorial assistance paid in excess of $600 will be taken from your entitlement.

To apply for tutorial assistance, you must complete VA Form 22-1990t. One of our VA Certifying Officials (David Magola, Stacy Henley or Jody Dorsey), and the assigned academic tutor must sign the form. When the form is complete, turn it into our VA Certifying Official who will mail it to the VA Regional Processing Office.

For an application and/or further information, contact the USM Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families at 601-266-8387.




Starting Fall 2023 - The University of Southern Mississippi is covering the gap between Federal Tuition Assistance and remaining course tuition for TA-approved hours. Whether fully online or on-campus, Military Students who qualify for Federal Tuition Assistance can have the remainder of their TA-approved hours covered through our TA Gap Funding Program. 
TA-GAP Funding Program



The University of Southern Mississippi is now an Air University Associate to Baccalaureate (AU-ABC) Cooperative partner!  The University of Southern Mississippi Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Applied Technology is the first officially approved degree in the AU-ABC program. In addition, Southern Miss will be added to the Community College of the Air Force website AU-ABC school list. The AU-ABC partnership marks an important milestone in providing a smooth transition for Air Force students pursuing their Bachelor’s Degree at Southern Miss. 


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Quinlan-Hammond Hall of Honor

The new home for The Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families

Quinlan-Hammond Hall of Honor


USM Military Students Welcome You to Our Campus

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Suicide Awareness and Remembrance (SAR)

Jody and SAR FlagOur VA Certification Specialist, Jody Lubritz Dorsey, standing next to the newest addition to the building, "The Suicide Awareness and Remembrance (SAR)" Monument

SAR Rock





We are a Military Caring University

Student-Veterans and Military Family Members are special at Southern Miss. With a drive to succeed in civilian life, Our Military Students possess core values such as loyalty, duty, respect, honor, courage and commitment. At Southern Miss, we honor such values by supporting Our Military Students in all their endeavors. The drive these students display makes us proud of their Service to Our Nation and tenacity in the classroom.

USM is nationally recognized as the top Military Caring University across the State of Mississippi and has earned designation as a Purple Heart Institution. In addition, Military Times has rated us as a number 3 “Best for Vets” institution across the Nation.

Such recognition and designation recognize USM’s continued extraordinary commitment to caring for and providing engaged assistance to support Military Veterans, Service Members and their Families.

Our Center staff provide guidance and support as our Military Students move through the admission process, on to graduation and career placement. Our Student Veterans learn and grow in an environment dedicated to their unique perspective. This level of attention successfully attracts Military Veterans, Service Members, and their Families to pursue their academic and professional development interests at The University of Southern Mississippi.

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Military Times 2021

Military Friendly 21-22

Military Friendly Spouse School

Purple Heart

Marine Leadership Scholar Program



We are proud members of these organizations: 

Veterans Affairs Adminstrator of Mississippi (VAAMS)


National Association of Veterans' Program Administrators (NAVPA)


“At Ease at USM”

Jeremiah Parker

  • Who are you? Jeremiah Parker

What is your background? I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, before moving down to Ocean Springs, Mississippi in the summer of 2015. I went to Ocean Springs High and graduated in spring of 2018. In High school, I was very involved in band, but was not entirely sure what I was wanting to do. I always knew that I wanted to serve in the Military, but at this point I was heavily considering going to College as well and wasn't sure how to go about doing either. During my Junior year, I talked to my recruiter, SSG Hollaway, as well as LTC Holmes of the MS Army National Guard. I was informed how I could serve while getting my education. I was immediately sold on the idea and began the enlistment process. During my senior year of high school, I was selected as a member of the 2018 US Army All-American Marching Band. I had the privilege of meeting and learning from several members of the Army Field Band, including USM Alumni David Parks. At this point I had already enlisted, but it put my sights on becoming an Army Musician, and really put Southern Miss on the map for me as a serious consideration for my education. I have been very fortunate with the opportunities presented to me while serving and attending Southern Miss.

 a. Where do you call home? Ocean Springs, Mississippi

b.  What branch did you join? The Mississippi Army National Guard

c.   When were you in the Military? June 29, 2017-Present

d.   How long did you stay in the Military? I am currently 4 years into my 6-year contract. 

e.   What did you do in the Military? I serve as a 42R(Musician) in the 41st Army Band, but I first enlisted as a 35F(Intelligence Analyst). 

f.    What is your proudest moment? My proudest moment was in the summer of 2019, when I was able to play a concert at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. The concert was a life changing experience for me, as I got to see how we do our job truly can touch the lives of others.


  • What are some of your hobbies? I enjoy going to the gym and participate in equipped powerlifting meets. I am hoping to qualify for the 2022 USAPL Collegiate Nationals. I also play saxophone, and love to jam with other musicians for fun. 
  • How do you deal with stress? For me, dealing with stress begins with breathing. When I feel like I have no control over a situation, I start by gaining control of my breath, and then the processing of the situation can begin. In Basic Training we are taught about deliberate breathing in stressful situations to lower the heartrate and retain a clear head. Other than breathing, I am very fortunate to have received countless resiliency trainings while serving. 

Campus Resources 

Counseling and Consultation Services 

Southern Miss Student Counseling Services

Business Hours Phone: 601-266-4829

For 24/7 Mental Health Support: Call or text 988

What happens when I call 988?

What happens when I text 988?


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

Call: 800-273-8255 (ext. 1)

Text: 838255

Support Services

USM Military and Veteran Student Services: 

Call: 601-266-8387 

VA Vet Success on Campus: 

Call: 601-266-8387

Student Accessibility Services: 

Hattiesburg Campus: 601-266-5024 
Gulf Park Campus: 228-214-3302




USM Student Honored with the Prestigious General George C. Marshall Award

Tue, 02/16/2021 - 11:02am | By: Van Arnold

Ryan Dean

University of Southern Mississippi (USM) student-veteran Cadet Ryan Dean has been selected as a U.S. Army General George C. Marshall Award winner recognizing him as the top USM Army ROTC cadet within the class of 2021.

Dean is a military veteran, member of the Mississippi Army National Guard, and Army ROTC cadet majoring in business management. As an Army veteran, he attends USM via his Post 9-11 (Chapter-33) GI Bill. He maintains an overall 3.8 grade point average while working as a VA work-study employee, and caring for his family of four.

While attending USM over the past few years, Dean dedicated all his academic efforts to not only learning business management, but also earning a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. In doing so was also selected to serve as the USM Army ROTC Corps of Cadets Command Sergeant Major.

“I am gladly representing the University, Army ROTC, and Center for Military Veterans, Service Members, and Families, accomplishing my goal of being a distinguished military graduate and now a George C. Marshall Award winner,” said Dean.

Dean is expected to graduate with his degree this year in May, receive his commission as a Second Lieutenant, and serve in the Army Aviation branch.

“Ryan is a once-in-a lifetime young man who has set a high standard within our program and all of U.S. Army Cadet Command as the leadership example for others to follow,” noted USM Army ROTC Professor of Military Science Lt. Col. Walker Nordan. “He will no doubt prove to be an exceptional army officer, and in doing so, we look forward years into the future watching him lead from the front, and progress in what will prove a wonderful future.”

General George Catlett Marshall served as one of the great American statesmen of the 20th century. He played a crucial role in international affairs from 1939 to 1951 -- the years that shaped the second half of the century. Until 1945, he was in the military service of the United States. As Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from 1939 to 1945 he was, in the words of Winston Churchill, the “true architect of victory" in the West European arena of World War II.

The young men and women such as Cadet Ryan Dean who are honored this year will continue the legacy of service established by Gen. George Catlett Marshall. In 1976 the Army Chief of Staff and the George C. Marshall Foundation agreed to memorialize the accomplishments of the man Sir Winston Churchill called the “Architect of Victory” in World War II with the Marshall Award. As a result, the General George C. Marshall Award serves as a unique method of honoring the achievements of the top Army ROTC cadet from every college-level campus.

Dean is married to his wife, Racheal, and they have a daughter (Nora) along with a new baby girl (Everlee). 

USM is a Nationally Ranked Top-5 “Best for Vets” University

The prestigious publication Military Times released their annual “Best for Vets” assessment for 2021 ranking USM #3 across the Nation in providing services to Military Students. 

Last year, Military Times ranked USM #9 yet through continued “hands-on” care and support to Military Students USM earned a nationally recognized top-5 rating as a Military Caring Universities of choice.  

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Purple Heart Recipient On-Campus Parking

USM Purple Heart recipients (and/or their respective widow) are not required to register their vehicle with Campus Parking Management. 

In this regard, the display of a Purple Heart license plate tag will suffice.  

Purple Heart tag owners may park in faculty/staff, commuter, resident and open zones.

Priority Registration for USM Military Students

USM Military Students who file with The University of Southern Mississippi Veterans Affairs office (in administratively processing their respective Educational VA Benefits) receive priority enrollment appointments – undergraduate or graduate.  

Qualified USM Military Students who self-identify when they apply to the university are ensured priority enrollment. Such individuals need to contact their academic advisor to schedule an advisement appointment as soon as the advisement period opens for the upcoming semester. 


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VA Work Study Program

Part-time work-study opportunities may be available to those using VA Educational Benefits.

Interested? Find the application here.

Paws for Patriots

Established to provide Student-Veterans Military Working Dog companionship

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Golden Eagle Veteran Network

Established for local community sponsorship of Southern Miss Student-Veterans

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