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Ohio State's Office of Military and Veterans Services​

"Consider that today, 50 ROTC cadets in your graduating class will become commissioned officers in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.  130 of your fellow graduates have already served -- some in combat, some on multiple deployments.  Of the 98 Veterans earning bachelor's degrees today, 20 are graduating with honors.  And at least one kept serving his fellow Veterans when he came home by helping to start up a campus organization called Vets4Vets.  As your Commander-in-Chief, I could not be prouder of all of you."  -- President Barack Obama, The Ohio State University Commencement, May 5, 2013


The Office of Military and Veterans Services is the university's single point of contact for all military and veterans services and concerns.  The office strives to ensure the academic success of Ohio State's student-veterans.  Any student utilizing VA education benefits must work with this office as part of their registration and enrollment in The Ohio State University.

Some of the office's services include:

  • Manage the VA certification and registration for all Veterans education benefits to which student-veterans and their dependents are entitled. 

  • Coordinate all VA education benefit and payment activities with the Student Services Center, the Office of the Registrar, the Bursar, Financial Aid, and Student Records. 

  • Assist students with accessing essential university services such as Academic Exploration & Advising, Student Advocacy, Counseling & Consultation, and Disability Services. 

  • Connect students with State and Federal agencies that support veterans. 

Our Location:

185 Student Academic Services Building

281 W. Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43210


  Our Staff:

  • Michael Carrell, Assistant Vice Provost & Director, 614-292-3898

  • Michael Forrest, Director, Veterans Transition & Services, 614-292-7047

  • Gina Lee, Veterans Benefits Specialist, 614-292-3453

  • Amanda Patterson, Academic Advisor, 614-292-6908

  • Josh Clasen, Program Coordinator, 614-292-4506

  • Angela Abel, Dept of VA, VetSuccess on Campus Counselor, 614-688-1602

Amanda holds walk-in Academic Advising hours during the following days/times below:

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9am - 12pm 

Angela holds walk-in during the following days/times below:

  • Fridays 1-4pm 

 Students are welcome to call and make appointments for times outside of these hours.

The following partners will also be holding office hours on a recurring basis in our office space:

OSU Counseling and Consultation Services: 

     Fall Semester Schedule TBD:

OSU Career Counseling and Support Services: 

     Fall Semester Schedule:  Ryan Wilhelm will be in the Veterans Lounge the 4th Wednesday of the Month 9am - 12 Noon

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare Fall 2017 Schedule:

  • Sep 20; 105D SAS Building 9am - 3pm
  • Oct 4; ​Ohio Union, 12th Ave, Mobile Unit 9am - 3pm
  • Oct 18; Veterans Lounge 9am -1pm
  • Nov 1; Ohio Union, 12th Ave, Mobile Unit 9am - 3pm
  • Nov 7; OSU Marion Campus  9am - 3 pm
  • Nov 15; 105D SAS Building  9am - 3pm
  • Nov 29; Veterans Lounge​  9am - 3pm

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vet Centers--Josh Ricketts, Vet Center Coordinator Fall 2017 dates are:

  • Sept 20; Veterans Lounge, 9am - 1pm
  • Oct 18; Veterans Lounge, 9am - 1pm
  • Nov 1; FAES Campus
  • Nov 29: Veterans Lounge, ​10am - 3pm

We look forward to serving you!