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Supporting students' transition to higher education

I have been the Director of Veteran Services since December 2019 and have worked in the department since 2012. I obtained my Master’s in Public Administration and Policy in 2015 from the University. I am proud of our student veteran and family member community on campus and the vast contributions we make. The University of Nevada, Reno is a place for our veteran and military students to be challenged academically, pursue new career interests and a space to expand themselves as they integrate into the next phase of their lives.

Chai Cook, M.P.A.

Director, Veteran Services

Chai Cook

I am a Marine who joined right out of high school and am proud to be a first-generation college student who took the nontraditional path. I earned my Master’s in Higher Education from the University in 2014. My passion for working with college students started at the YMCA in 1993. Since then, I have dedicated my career to helping students succeed, and in return, they have impacted my life.

John Pratt, M.A.

Coordinator, Veteran Services

John Pratt

I am a U.S. Navy Veteran who joined directly from high school. I served six years, including two overseas deployments, as a nuclear power plant operator on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. I am a senior pursing a B.S. in mechanical engineering with plans to pursue a graduate degree in the same field. I have been fortunate enough to work in Veteran Services for over three years and am thankful for the opportunity to help my fellow veterans succeed on campus and reach their higher education goals.

Vance Kreutz

VMC Work Study Manager


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