Veteran Peer Mentoring

Veteran Peer Mentoring (VPM) is a peer support program that connects incoming and current student Veterans with the purpose of easing the transition to college life at Iowa.

Interested in getting connected to a peer mentor or becoming a peer mentor?

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Meet the Mentors

Josh Brown


Team Leader

I’m a fourth-year student pursuing a B.S. in Public Health with a minor in Music. I’ve been a member of the Iowa Air National Guard since early 2017. Outside of VPM, I serve as the Communications Director for the University of Iowa Veterans Association, a Senator At-Large in the Undergraduate Student Government, and a Research Assistant in the College of Public Health. I’m passionate about helping student veterans and military-connected students have a smooth transition into higher education and I can’t wait to work with this team!

Meagan and Herky



My name is Meagan and I'm a senior studying Psychology here at the University. I'm from Mt. Pleasant, IA, and I enjoy listening to music and hanging out in downtown Iowa City! 

Joseph Beston



I’m from Naperville, Illinois, a junior, and a Business Analytics major at the University of Iowa. I am a member of the Iowa Air National guard serving part time while attending classes here. I wanted to be a peer mentor to get more connected with the veteran community, and help veterans transition to life at a Big Ten University!

Savannah Rupp



I'm a Third Year Enterprise Leadership major with a minor in Rhetoric and Persuasion. I joined the Iowa Army National Guard in 2018 and plan to go Active Duty after college! I also dedicate the rest of the time as a student-athlete for the UI Women's Rowing team!

Jon Taylor



I am a transfer student working to complete my BLS in Organizational Studies. I served in the Marine Corps from 2004 - 2009, deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently, I own a construction business here in Iowa City. I enjoy spending time with my family, attending Hawkeye football and wrestling events, dominating my neighborhood pickleball league, golfing, and working out. I look forward to helping fellow veterans and their families through their transition into the civilian world.