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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 dependents are entitled. 

  • Coordinate all VA education benefit and payment activities with Buckeye Link, 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 & Hours:

185 Student Academic Services Building  (Mon-Thurs 8:30am-4:30pm; Fri 8:30am-4pm)

281 W. Lane Ave, Columbus, OH 43210

614-247-VETS  

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  Our Staff:

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

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

  • Josh Clasen, Sr Veterans Benefits Specialist, 614-292-4506

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

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

  • 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:

  •  Tuesday & Thursday from 9am-12pm and Wednesday from 1-4pm

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 spaces:

OSU Counseling and Consultation Services: 

  • Spring 2019 Schedule:  Berhane Messay will have appointments in the Younkin Success Center available for Military-Connected Students.  To schedule, please call the center at 614-292-5766--please note that you are a military-connected student​ when calling.  CCS will also have derop-in hours in Younkin on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 12--1pm.

OSU Career Counseling and Support Services: 

  • Spring 2019 Schedule:  Ryan Wilhelm will be in the Veterans Lounge the 4th Wednesday of the month from 9 AM -12 PM. 

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare Spring 2019 Schedule:

  • January 9, Ohio Union, 12th Ave, Mobile Unit, 9am - 3pm
  • January 23, OSU Marion Campus, 9am - 3pm
  • ​February 6, Vets Lounge,​ 9am - 3pm
  • February 20, OSU Newark Campus, 9am - 3pm

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vet Centers:

  • Josh Ricketts, Vet Center Coordinator: Spring 2019:  TBD
  • Jason Digiannantoni, Vet Center Counselor, Spring 2019:  Jason will be in SAS Room 105D (by the MilVets Office) 9am - 1pm:
    • Jan 10; Feb 21; Mar 7; and Apr 4

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Outreach Social Worker, John Provenzano, Spring 2019:  Starting in Feb, John will be in the Vets Lounge on the 1st & 3rd Mondays from 9am - 1pm, and in SAS Room 105D (by the MilVets Office) on the 2nd & 4th Mondays from 9am - 1pm. 

We look forward to serving you!