About Us

The Military & Veteran Success Center provides students with opportunities that encourage engagement outside the classroom through advising, career decision-making, financial planning, health services and other personal support resources.


Joe Brownell

Joe Brownell


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Joe Brownell serves as the Director of the Military and Veteran Success Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Center serves over 1240 Military-Dependent, Veteran, Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve students annually and is committed to ensure all students achieve their academic and career goals.

Prior to coming to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Col (R) Brownell served almost 29 years in the United States Air Force. He last served in the U.S. Air Force as the Deputy Chair for the Strategic Leadership Department at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School, National Defense University, where he taught Strategic Leadership, Educational Industry Study, and additional Leadership electives. The Eisenhower School is a senior service school providing graduate level education to senior members of the U.S. armed forces, government civilians, foreign nationals and private industry.

Joe is a 1989 distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. He is a Master Navigator and has flown multiple combat and combat-support missions in the Balkans and the Middle East. Joe is a graduate of Army Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He has served on staffs at the Air Force Personnel Center, U.S. Northern Command, and U.S. Transportation Command. He earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy State University and a Master of National Resource Strategy degree from The Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University.

Joe’s spouse Kim is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Kearney, his daughter Bradyn is a 2017 graduate of UNL, and his son Clay is currently a sophomore at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

VA Coordinator

Deb Quinn

Deb Quinn


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Deb Quinn born, raised and educated in the great state of Nebraska. In August 2001, she started at the University of Nebraska in Registration and Records, gaining experience with Enrollment in Classes, Student Records, College Degree Majors - Advisor Changes (CDMA), Transcripts, Degree Audits (DARS) and Certification of Enrollment.

In August 2003, she became the school’s Veteran Certifying Official assisting Veterans, Service Members and Dependents to receive their VA Education Benefits in the Montgomery GI Bill® and in 2009 the POST 9/11 programs.

When Deb and her husband Mike aren’t spending time with their 6 children, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, they enjoy hunting, fishing, reading and sharing time with friends.

Senior Advisor & Program Coordinator

Thomas Allison

Thomas Allison


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Thomas Allison joined the Military and Veteran Success Center as the Senior Advisor and Program Coordinator in 2019 after working as a Senior Career Adviser in Career Services at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 2005. Tom brings over 25 years of professional experience in planning and implementing programs and advising students on academic and career development to the MVSC.

He is a Certified Federal Job Search Trainer and Counselor, specializing in assisting those searching and applying for positions within the federal government and is also a Veteran Certifying Official with Veterans Affairs. Tom earned a Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Midland College located in Fremont, Nebraska.

Tom grew up as an Air Force dependent living in England, North Dakota and California before his dad’s final assignment in Nebraska. He has traveled to more than a dozen countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Columbia, Liberia and Kenya. He and his wife Stacey enjoy cheering on the Huskers with their son Reid.


There are three ways to arrange an appointment with the Director of the Military and Veteran Success Center, Joe Brownell.

  1. Call our reception desk at (402) 472-4130
  2. Email us at vetsuccess@unl.edu
  3. Schedule appointment on-line through MyPLAN
    1. Log onto your Canvas account.
    2. Select "Account," then "Settings," then "MyPLAN," along the left hand side.
    3. Click on "My Success Network."
    4. In the Search box, type "Military & Veteran Success Center."
    5. Select the option "Military & Veteran Success Center."
    6. Select the options to "schedule online." Find an appointment that works for you.


Walk-ins are a great way to get acquianted with our VA Coordinator, Deb Quinn, and Support Services or have a quick question addressed.


Room 16, Nebraska Union

Fall, Spring, and Summer Semester Hours


Veterans Affairs Campus Outreach Program

Kyle Lamb – supports the Veterans Affairs Campus Outreach Program, V.I.T.A.L. (Veterans Integration To Academic Leadership). He is available in the Military & Veteran Success Center every Thursday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. He provides one-on-one and group services to Veterans in a variety of areas:

  • Assistance with VA Health Care Enrollment and/or Information Update
  • Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)
  • Coordination of VA Health Care and Mental Health Services
  • Veterans Health Care Appointment scheduling
  • Liaison with V.A. health care provider as well as Veterans Benefits Admin.
  • Referrals to state, county, and local services for veterans
  • Referrals to campus based services for veterans
  • One-on-one education or group education on topics of interest
  • Consultation and support on campus regarding Veteran specific issues that impact performance and retention
  • Scholarship and Grants
  • Student Veteran Organization strategies
  • Mentoring Opportunities
  • Coordination and referral for accommodations on campus
Kyle Lamb, VITAL contact
Kyle Lamb

Veteran Peer Mentors

The Student Veteran Peer Mentor programis an initiative to connect incoming student veterans with current student veterans in order to help them navigate college life, identify challenges they may encounter, provide appropriate resources on and off campus, and provide ongoing support toward academic success and personal goals.

Seeking Peer Mentors

Students on City Campus

Volunteering to be a Student Veteran Peer Mentor provides an opportunity to serve as a trusted friend and leader in the development and support of a fellow veteran or military dependent.

Apply to be a Veteran Peer Mentor

The requirements to serve as a peer mentor:

  1. Mentors must have completed one semester at UNL
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above AND be in “good standing” (judicial & academic) at UNL
  3. Possess integrity, respect, courage and an exceptional attitude

For questions, please contact Joe Brownell at jbrownell2@unl.edu.


  • Develop a positive relationship with your student veteran mentee
  • Meet with your mentee(s) at least once a month for the first year
  • Be prepared to assist mentee through struggles such as: transition, studying, organizational skills, financial concerns, and other challenges they encounter
  • Attend events sponsored by the SVO-Advisor and/or program director
  • Document your mentoring relationship
  • Commit to the mentoring program for a minimum of one academic year


Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.