Rich and Trudy Wells Veterans Resource Center

The South Dakota Mines greatly appreciates and values your service to our country, and we are honored to assist and support you in the pursuit of your academic goals.

Military Friendly 2019-2020 Best for Vets 2020 Colleges of Distinction - Military Support

The mission of the Rich and Trudy Wells Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is to fulfill our country's promise to care for and honor the men and women who are America's Veterans. We provide South Dakota Mines veterans a relaxing place to study or connect with other campus veterans. Located on the lower level of the Surbeck Center near the student activities area, the VRC is sponsored jointly by South Dakota Mines and Western Nebraska Community College TRIO Veterans Upward Bound, a program funded by the Department of Education.

For additional information, contact:
Derek Flom, Veteran's Resource Center Director
(605) 394-2560


What We Offer

  • tutoring in math and writing
  • assistance with job, internship, and scholarship searches/applications
  • resume and cover letter writing
  • referral services regarding VA benefits, G.I. Bills, and community veterans' organizations
  • academic and life skills workshops in areas such as learning styles, test preparation, note taking, time management, stress management, financial literacy, and wellness
  • A comfortable space to study, connect with others, and relax.

Official Veteran's Certifying Officer

The veteran's certifying officer at South Dakota Mines is Hallie Vigil. Please contact her in order to initiate and maintain your benefits and also become certified with the VA. She can be reached at (605) 394-2553 ( ).
For more information on veteran's benefits, please go to the following site. Veterans Benefits (

Veteran's Club

The South Dakota Mines Veteran's Club was established with the main focus of assisting South Dakota Mines students with any military affiliation, including veterans, family of veterans, active and reserve military students, and family and friends of deployed students.

South Dakota Mines Veteran's Club is a chartered member of the Student Veterans of America.

  • Student Veterans of America (SVA) is a national coalition of military veterans in higher education.
  • SVA consists of 330+ member chapters on college campuses in 47 states in addition to DC.
  • The vision of SVA is to ensure yesterday’s warriors become today’s scholars and tomorrow’s leaders.

To request information about the South Dakota Mines Veteran's Club, please contact:


Veteran Friendly Toolkit Badge


The American Council on Education (ACE) provides useful resources for future and current veteran students, including an online toolkit.