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Ohio State's Military and Veterans Services​

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION: Military and Veterans Services is currently working remotely. Please see individual employee contact info below.

"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


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. 

  • Coordinate the Tri-Service ROTC programs & policies with university offices and enable the cadre to deliver military instruction to meet their services' needs for commissioned officers.

  • 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 military-connected students and their families. 

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



  Our Staff:

  • Kevin Cullen, Assistant Vice Provost and Director, 614-247-4657 (

  • Michael Forrest, Program Director, 614-292-7047 (

  • Shyloe Mayle, Senior Veterans Benefits Specialist, 614-292-6908 (

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

  • Josh Clasen, Senior Undergraduate Academic Advisor, 614-292-4506 (

  • Janet Steinbacher, Program Manager for Student Initiatives, 614-688-2060 (

  • Ed Mathews, Dept of VA, VetSuccess on Campus Counselor, 614-688-1602 (

Ed will hold drop-in during the following days/times below:

  • M-F, 8:30-3:30 

 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 2020 Schedule:  Berhane Messay and Danielle Henn 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 to expedite the process.

OSU Career Counseling and Support Services, Ryan Wilhelm: 

  • Spring 2020:  Veterans Lounge the 4th Wednesday of the month from 9 AM - 12 PM.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare, Scott Weyand, Spring 2020 Schedule:

  • Starting 1/8/20, Scott will be in the Veterans Lounge every other Wednesday.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vet Centers:

  • Josh Ricketts, Vet Center Coordinator: Spring 2020:  TBD in the Veterans Lounge.
  • Jason Digiannantoni, Vet Center Counselor, Spring 2020:  Jason will be in SAS Room 105D (by the MilVets office) on the following days:
    • Jan 31 from 12:30 - 2:30 pm
    • Feb 28 from 12:30 - 2:30 pm
    • March 6 from 1-3 pm
    • April 10 from 1-3 pm

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Outreach Social Worker, John Provenzano:

  • Spring 2020: John will be in the Vets Lounge on the 2nd & 4th Mondays from 9am - 1pm, and in SAS Room 105D (by the MilVets Office) on the 1st & 3rd Mondays from 9am - 1pm. 

We look forward to serving you!