Always in Service to Something Greater

David Oh President of Veterans at Anderson

As a member of the Association of Veterans at Anderson, I am immensely proud of the remarkable individuals who make up the veteran community. Their service to our nation demonstrates their commitment to honor and excellence. Now, as they venture into the business world, the skills acquired during their military service — teamwork, strategic thinking, adaptability — will undoubtedly propel them to success.

In the coming year, AVA is planning events with the school’s Outdoor Adventure Club, John Anderson Golf Club, Craft Beer Club, Out@Anderson and many other student-led groups. We hope that through our increased collaboration, we’ll both elevate the visibility of the veterans among us and contribute to the overall Anderson experience. I am truly excited to embark on this journey and profoundly grateful to be part of AVA and the Anderson community at large.

David W. Oh (’24)
President, Association of Veterans at Anderson

The UCLA Anderson community of students, alumni, staff, faculty and donors includes veterans and active-duty personnel from all branches of the military. Individually and collectively, they have a profound influence on Anderson and on the wider world. They answer the call of duty in times of peace and war. They demonstrate leadership and teamwork in equal measure.

UCLA Anderson’s degree programs attract top applicants from every corner of the globe. We’re humbled by the great dedication of our students who serve or have served in the armed forces of this nation and others. We’re proud of the diversity among them and the camaraderie they extend to the entire student body.

Please join me on Veterans Day and every day in honoring and supporting the people who have served with such distinction.

Tony Bernardo
Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management

From Service to Students

UCLA Anderson is proud to count among its student body more than 130 active military and veterans, who bring a sense of mission, organization and commitment to their education — and to the business world after graduation. Here are just a few of our students and their diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Listen for Inspiration

UCLA Anderson students and alumni tell uplifting stories about where they’ve been and what’s next in their lives and careers.
Ryals and Smith

Teamwork — in the Navy SEALs and Business School

U.S. Navy Captain Gary Ryals (’08) and Duncan Smith (’91), retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer

Balancing Everything

Class of 2020 graduate and John Wooden Global Leadership Fellow Rob Busalacchi is an investment banking associate at Barclays. He looks back on his experience balancing priorities while he went through the UCLA Anderson FEMBA program as a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

From Marine to Movie Maker

Why does a U.S. Marine Corps veteran earn an MBA from UCLA Anderson? And what can his military training teach the rest of us about dealing with COVID-19? Joel Searls (’17), an investment banking associate at McCafferty & Company, reflects on these topics as well as his decision to reinvent himself as an associate producer of a feature-length Hollywood movie, Running with the Devil (2019), starring Nicholas Cage and Laurence Fishburne.

Honoring Veterans Day

Four great voices in the FEMBA Class of 2022 chimed in to describe how UCLA Anderson is bridging their military training with new corporate chapters in their careers. Austin Carroll Keeley, a USMC infantry officer who considers military service public service, invited U.S. Navy Lieutenant Stacey Mercado (B.A. ’12), U.S. Coast Guard veteran Bob DeLullo and U.S. Air Force Captain Jamie Long to talk about where they started life, what their service has entailed and what’s next.

Why Anderson Works So Well For Veterans and Active Military

Our highest-ranking student, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Chris Lee (EMBA ’23), describes the fit and gives a special Veterans Day message

The Honor Is Ours

UCLA Anderson is proud to count numerous military veterans among our John Wooden Global Leadership Fellows.
Wooden Fellows Veterans

“Success is peace of mind that is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best you are capable of becoming.”
— Coach John Wooden

“As a transitioning veteran, this quote helps remind me that hard work is done for self-satisfaction and rewarded by peace of mind. At the end of each day, I find comfort in knowing that if I dedicate 100 percent of myself to personal and professional growth, achievement is merely a side benefit.”

Captain Luke Goessman (EMBA ’18), U.S. Marine Corps

Bring Us Your Sense of Mission

UCLA Anderson proudly counts active-duty military, reservists and veterans among its student body across degree programs.

EBV trains veterans for a new kind of challenge.

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) offers cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines disabled as a result of their service to operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.




Association of Veterans at Anderson

A professional club at UCLA Anderson for all military veterans, both U.S. and foreign: Association of Veterans at Anderson

Connect with an MBA student

UCLA Veteran Resource Center

UCLA provides a wealth of resources for active-duty military service people and veterans:

Follow UCLA veterans on Facebook

Financial Aid for Military

Even if you are not eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program, all full-time MBA students are automatically considered for fellowships. No separate application is needed.

Five Questions With


Financial Aid for Military

UCLA Anderson has options for you.
Post-9/11 GI Bill® & Yellow Ribbon Program

Mandatory student charges will be covered up to your eligibility percentage.

Application Fee Waivers

Application fee waivers are available for all U.S. military applicants. To request a fee waiver for the program you’d like to apply to, please reach out directly to MBA Admissions, FEMBA Admissions or EMBA Admissions.


Even if you are not eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program, all full-time MBA students are automatically considered for fellowships. No separate application is needed.

UCLA Resources for Veterans


UCLA Veterans Facebook Group

Facebook page maintained by the Veterans Resources Center, where you can find out about events and important resources for Vets @UCLA


UCLA Veterans Resource Office

UCLA has been serving veterans for nearly 70 years! Whether through on- or off-campus support for student veterans, UCLA serves those who serve in myriad ways.

Learn About the Organizations That Advance Our
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Mission

Four women in front of an Anderson step and repeat backdrop
Black at Anderson graduates
A group of Anderson Military Veterans
LGBTQ Students holding Pride flags
Group of Latinx students
Dragon dancers performing at Asian at Anderson event