About Us

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.


Darrell Everhart

Darrell Everhart


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Darrell Everhart was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and raised in parts of Nebraska and small-town Iowa. He attended Iowa State University, played collegiate level sports, earned a degree in education and was commissioned as a naval officer.

His 25 years in the navy has taken him to more than 20 different countries across the globe expanding his appreciation and understanding of the many diverse cultures. He’s a graduate from the University of Missouri earning a Master’s degree in Education and additionally, earning a M.A. degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Command and Staff College in Newport, Rhode Island. He’s married to his best friend, Terri, and they have four children, Courtney, Amanda, Cody and Nicole.

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 Career & Veteran Service Advisor

Tom Allison

Tom Allison


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Tom Allison grew up as an Air Force dependent living in England, North Dakota and California before his dad’s final assignment in Nebraska. 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 has over 20 years of professional experience in planning and implementing programs that provide students and alumni opportunities to explore career options. Tom is also a Veteran Certifying Official and a Certified Federal Job Search Trainer and Counselor. 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.

Graduate Assistant

Leah Eischen

Leah Eischen


Learn more about Leah

Leah Eischen was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. After High school, she enlisted active duty in the United States Airforce and was stationed at Travis AFB, CA. She is also a proud spouse of a fallen hero who was active duty Airforce as well. Being part of the military and understanding the family that creates encouraged her to want to be part of the Military and Veteran Success Center at UNL as a Graduate Assistant.

Leah earned her Associates degree at Southeast Community College and went on to get her Bachelors in Business from Doane College. She is currently a Graduate student at UNL in the Education Administration department with a focus in Higher Education.

In her free time, Leah enjoys spending time with her family and vacationing to sunny beaches. She also enjoys all outdoor activities, including camping, fishing, and four wheeling.


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

  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

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

  • Assistance with VA Health Care Enrollment and/or Information Update
  • VA Vocational Rehabilitation--referral & coordination
  • 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
Barb Shupe, VITAL contact
Barb Shupe

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.

Meet the Veteran 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 Darrell Everhart at deverhart2@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.