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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  (Mon-Thurs 8:30am-4:30pm; Fri 8:30am-4pm)

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

  • 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 Semester Schedule:  All appointments will be in the Younkin Success Center this semester

OSU Career Counseling and Support Services: 

  • Spring 2018 Schedule:  Ryan Wilhelm will be in the Veterans Lounge the 4th Wednesday of the Month 9am - 12 Noon

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare Spring 2018 Schedule:

  • Jan 24Ohio Union, 12th Ave, Mobile Unit  9am - 3pm
  • Feb 7, OSU Newark, ​ 9am - 3pm
  • Feb 21Ohio Union, 12th Ave, Mobile Unit  9am - 3pm
  • Mar 7 & 21, Ohio Union, 12th Ave, Mobile Unit  9am - 3pm
  • Apr 4 & 18, Ohio Union, 12th Ave, Mobile Unit  9am - 3pm
  • May 2, 16, & 30, Ohio Union, 12th Ave, Mobile Unit  9am - 3pm

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vet Centers--Josh Ricketts, Vet Center Coordinator: Spring 2018:  Josh will be in the Lounge on the 3rd Wednesday of each month 11am - 2pm

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Outreach Social Worker, Tim Durham, Spring 2018:  Tim will be in the Veterans Lounge on the 1st Thursday of each month 10am - 2pm, and SAS Room 105D (by the MilVets Office) on the 3rd Thursday of the month 10am - 2pm.

We look forward to serving you!