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Pepperdine Veteran and Military-Connected Student Organization 

Student-led organization of student veterans and military-connected students from across Pepperdine focused on building community at Pepperdine and beyond.  The organization serves and supports the military-connected community through engagement, enrichment, empowerment and education helping support and strengthen Waves for continued lives of purpose, service and leadership.  The PVMSO is officially chaptered with the Student Veterans of America. 

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Pepperdine Veteran (PeppVet) Council

An active steering committee of student veterans from Pepperdine's five schools and key advocates, including the Director of Student Veteran Affairs and School Certifying Officials, focused to build a veteran community at Pepperdine where everyone feels valued, included, supported, challenged, and prepared for God's plan for their lives.

Contact via email at: veteranaffairs@pepperdine.edu

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Arc of Justice – William Ostan ('06): US Army major (retired), Will Ostan, is the founder and president of Arc of Justice (ARC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing reform to the military's medical separation process through restoring accountability and implementing safeguards for active duty Wounded Warriors. For more information, contact Arc of Justice at: www.arcofjusticeusa.org.

Save A Warrior - Ronald (Jake) Clark ('12): Twice-returning veteran of the Cold War and Post 9/11 eras, Jake is the founder and president of Save A Warrior (SAW). SAW is committed to ending the staggering suicide rate plaguing our veterans, active-duty military and first responders. SAW helps conceive, originate and produce Integrated Intensive Retreat (IIR) program experiences to transform the way our heroes live their lives. For more information, visit: https://saveawarrior.org.

Warrior Angels Foundation - Andrew Marr ('20): US Army Special Forces Green Beret, Andrew Marr, returned from his third deployment, a quietly broken man. The explosives expert suffered a multitude of concussions while detonating hundreds of blasts in Afghanistan. Unable to cope with his illness, he fell into a spiral of drug and alcohol abuse; even contemplating suicide at one point. When it was nearly too late, he met Neuroendocrinologist Dr. Mark L. Gordon, who properly diagnosed his condition as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Since then, Gordon has been helping veterans impacted by Post Traumatic Syndrome (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) through the Warrior Angels Foundation (WWW.waftbi.org) founded by Adam and Andrew Marr and supported by podcast personality Joe Rogan. Andrew and Adam coauthored Tales from the Blast Factory: A Brain Injured Special Forces Green Beret's Journey Back from the Brink. For more information, contact the Warrior Angels Foundation at 479-553-9063 or email at: Alyssa@warriorangelsfoundation.org.

White Heart Foundation - Ryan Sawtelle ('08):  As a student at Pepperdine, Ryan looked for ways to raise funds for his envisioned waves of flags 9/11 memorial on campus.  The display consists of 2,977 flags paying tribute to those who lost their lives that tragic day.  That visionary project took on a life of its own as well as his White Heart Foundation which incorporates Pepperdine’s Waves of Flags into one of the organization’s annual fundraisers, Ride to the Flags, to benefit wounded warriors and coincides with the 9/11 display on Alumni Park.  Today, White Heart programs are bridging the gap between the support the government provides our injured veterans and the care they deserve.  Learn more at www.whiteheart.org.

Veterans on PeppConnect

PeppConnect is the exclusive networking and mentoring platform for students and alumni. Join the conversation in the Pepperdine Veterans Group, a virtual community for military-affiliated students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Leverage this network to connect with others, ask questions, and find valuable support and resources. Search for mentoring opportunities, find a job or career advice, and connect with over 100K members of the global Pepperdine community.