LMU Veteran Legacy

LMU has a strong and long lasting commitment to serving Military and Veteran students.  Beginning in 1942, LMU sought to establish a military program on campus to aid in World War II efforts. By 1943, LMU launched the Army Student Training Program to provide advanced technical training to enlisted men. A year later, LMU remained committed to supporting our troops through the introduction of the GI Bill® (GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill). During this time period, LMU witnessed a drastic increase in enrollment due to the large numbers of veterans returning home from war.  In preparation of the expected increase of students, LMU expanded the campus to include two new dormitories, an enlarged dining room, additional classrooms, and a new gym to honor fallen soldiers.

In 1948, the Air Force ROTC program was established at LMU.  All undergraduate students who were draft-eligible were required to join the ROTC for the first two years of their academic program. By 1951, LMU’s Air Force ROTC program enrolled over 70 students making it one of the largest programs in the Fourth Air Force area. In 1953, our AFROTC program was ranked the best unit in the nation.

As the United States faced more wars during the twentieth century, Loyola Marymount University served in various roles supporting both veterans and military families. Since 2009, LMU has been a voluntary participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program, providing tuition benefits for veteran undergraduate and graduate students. Through this program LMU has been able to provide recent veterans with the financial assistance and campus resources needed to engage with and transition into college life.

This is the LMU veteran legacy. This is our commitment to you. We challenge you to be an active member of the Lion community. How can you commit to making LMU better – for yourself, one another, and future student veterans?

Join the legacy!

Meet the Staff

Jennifer Belichesky-Larson, Ed.D. | Director, Student Success

Jennifer Belichesky-Larson received her BA in English Literature from California State University at Northridge (2000), a Master’s from LMU in English Literature and Rhetoric (2003), a second Master’s in Higher Education and Organizational Change from University of California at Los Angeles and earned her Ed.D from LMU. Jennifer started working at Loyola Marymount in the Fall of 2002 as a Teaching Fellow before transitioning to an Adjunct English Professor, then Director of the First Year Experience, and now as the Director of Student Success. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family 
and friends, traveling, reading, and dreams of becoming the world’s next Scrabble champion!

Julia Keighley Associate Director of Student Success

Julia earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University and her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.  She has a passion for service and education. After completing her undergraduate studies, Julia embarked on a year of service with City Year (AmeriCorps) at Gompers Middle School in Los Angeles.  During her tenure as a graduate student, Julia was elected as the President of Graduate Students of Loyola Marymount University (GSLMU), the graduate association on campus.  Additionally, she served as the Senior Administrative Coordinator for Judicial Affairs and earned her Pupil Personnel Services credential in the 2014-15 academic year.  Since she has joined the LMU community, Julia has invested in our students and their success at the university.  


Contact LMU Veteran Programs


The Veteran Programs office welcomes you! We are located on the second floor of the Malone Student Center. You may have a lot of questions, concerns, ideas, or moments when you need a helping hand. Whatever you need, VP is here to help. Stop by to talk with us and check out our student lounge!  

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Loyola Marymount University

Veteran Programs

Malone Student Center, Suite 201
One LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659

Email: veteranprograms@lmu.edu

Phone: 424.LMU.VETS (424.568.8387)

Fax: 310.258.4304