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Veteran Careers at Purdue

Military veterans serve others. Complete missions. Make a difference in the world around them. Purdue University employees do the same. Every day. From our labs to our offices to our classrooms, Boilermakers open doors to new discoveries, personal interactions and the chance to impact the world.

The mission to succeed drives Boilermakers. And makes this University a great place to work. Purdue values veterans' training, education and skills. And we believe that the work we do will both challenge and inspire you.

Consider Purdue for your next career choice. A Purdue career provides great benefits. The opportunity for challenging work. Networking with talented professionals. And the chance to be inspired and to inspire.

Purdue as an Employer

More than 15,000 people are part of Purdue's diverse, multitalented workforce. Food service workers. Operations and maintenance staff. Grounds workers. Building staff. Lab managers. Account clerks. Technology associates. Administrative professionals. Faculty.

Check out current Purdue job listings.

Be part of our success. And experience the rewards of Purdue employment.

Benefits and Services

  • Generous paid military leave policies: Purdue grants up to 15 workdays of paid leave in a calendar year to allow employees to fulfill their responsibility when ordered to report for military duty. The University also grants unpaid leave for military duty beyond 15 workdays within a calendar year. Additional perks for Purdue employees include vacation time and holidays, sick leave and paid parental leave.

  • Benefits and retirement plans: Purdue offers a choice of medical plan options and a variety of retirement plans. See details.

  • Fitness and entertainment perks: Purdue faculty and staff are eligible for employee rates at the spectacular France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center. They enjoy discounts and priority ticket-buying options for Purdue's Big Ten athletics events, and Purdue Convocations entertainment. Local businesses and retail also offer special discounts to Purdue employees.

  • Disability services: Purdue is committed to equal access for individuals with disabilities. An employee may confidentially request a reasonable accommodation.

  • Tuition reduction: The University extends a generous fee remission for employees and their spouses and children. Read policy details.

  • Free CityBus access: The Greater Lafayette CityBus is free to those who show a Purdue Staff ID. Visit the CityBus website to view campus maps and other routes.

  • Military and Family Research Institute (MFRI): The institute's mission is to motivate higher education administrators to improve policies and programs that serve student service members, veterans and their families. MFRI is an excellent resource for service members and their families. See the MFRI website. Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities: This initiative was designed to offer world-class training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans who were disabled as a result of their military service, and also to those men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country. The program consists of a 45-day online phase followed by a nine-day residency phase and is run by Krannert School of Management. 

Good Living in Lafayette-West Lafayette

The Lafayette-West Lafayette community, home of Purdue, is frequently recognized for its pro-business environment, economic vitality and family friendliness. It ranks No. 15 on Forbes' 2012 list of best small places for business and careers, based on job growth, costs of living and doing business, income growth, educational attainment, crime rates, and cultural and recreational opportunities.

This is a thriving, family-friendly Midwestern community that exudes small-city charm with an international flare. Residents have access to year-round festivals and downtown celebrations, Indiana's oldest farmers' market, a state park, a zoo, a wealth of bicycle and hiking trails, an ever-growing variety of dining and shopping options, water parks, an outdoor ice-skating rink, and of course Big Ten sports and the array of on-campus cultural activities. Residents also have ready access to Indianapolis (60 miles), Chicago (120 miles) and Cincinnati (160 miles). For more community information, visit

Additional Nearby Veterans Resources

Tippecanoe County Veterans Services
Randall Fairchild 
(For forms and benefits assistance)

WorkOne Employment Services
Gary Tyner, Local Veterans Employment Representative
765-474-5411, ext. 2733

Michael Hudson, Disabled Veterans Outreach Program representative

VA Illiana Healthcare System 
1900 E. Main St.
Danville, IL 61832 
800-320-8387, 217-554-3000

Richard L. Roudebush Indianapolis VA Medical Center
1481 W. 10th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202