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​Veterans On Campus Training

The Rationale

What do you think of when you hear “Student-Veteran,” or “Military Student?” Do you have military and veteran students in your class, or seeking services from your office? How do you know? Does it make a difference? What needs might they have? How could you help them, and where should you refer them?

These students have often been described as Non-Traditional students, but “more of;” i.e. more of them:

·         are over 25 or over 30

·         are married

·         have children

·         may experience Post-Traumatic Stress

·         have been deployed, and have seen combat, than was typical of military members in the past

Over 2.5 million men & women served in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past 14 years, and now many of them are coming home and attending college. In our great state of Ohio, they join previous veterans to number 890,000 state residents with military service — all eligible for some education benefits. OSU’s student veteran and military population is growing quickly to now over 2200.

The number of Ohio State students using the Post-9/11 GI Bill® for Higher Education has grown 900% from Fall 2009 to Fall 2015, and more growth is expected in the next 5-10 years. Ohio State, like all universities, has been challenged by this rapid expansion. Add the 2200 students to the more than 1200 OSU faculty & staff that are veterans, and you probably teach, or work with, a Veteran — you just might not know it!

Many of these men and women will show up on our campuses to complete Bachelors, Masters, Doctorates, JDs and MDs in the coming years—in fact we have a sizeable population in every one of these programs now!  Today’s students face a three-fold transitional challenge, each with its own set of difficulties:  Becoming a college student, returning to civilian life, and in many cases having seen combat duty.  Couple this with increasing economic, academic and social pressures, which can lead to emotional distress, depression, and anxiety. These conditions may also compromise students’ academic achievements affecting their ability to stay in school.

Faculty members, GTAs, and staff members who work with students can play an important role in ensuring student-veterans receive the help and support they need. Working with students on a daily basis provides a unique opportunity to notice warning signs of issues and to point them in the right direction for help. But how do you know what to look for and what to do when you notice those warning signs?

The Training

The Office of Military & Veterans Services is proud to offer you Veterans On Campus, a new online simulation designed to help you identify and approach student-veterans and, if necessary, refer them to offices that can help. By completing this simulation, you will be more comfortable and better prepared to work with student-veterans, and if necessary, get them the assistance they need.

In this highly interactive simulation, you will have the opportunity to engage in simulated conversations with up to three virtual student-veterans. The simulation takes about 30 minutes to complete, but your progress is automatically saved along the way if you need to stop and resume later.

Ohio State piloted this program and several universities are utilizing this training--most surveyed agreed overwhelmingly that their colleagues should also take this opportunity.  As one faculty member comments, “I didn’t realize these issues were right on my campus—potentially in my classroom.”  If we are truly to be “One University” it starts with everyone having a rudimentary knowledge base to recognize and respond.

The Ohio State University now has a limited number of licenses available to our faculty and staff on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Registration and Participation

  • In order to participate, you must register for a free account using your email address (e.g., instead of When you click the link below, you will be redirected to Kognito's page. Click Access Training in the Upper Right hand side.

  • The Ohio State enrollment key is osu41.

  • Please note that you may always return to the “Menu page.” Keep this page handy as it contains many valuable resources, such as the Local Veterans Support Services page with reference offices and numbers.

  • Please take the survey in order for your completion of the training to register in the system. Your responses will help Ohio State and Kognito continually improve its training.

  • Don’t forget to download your certificate of completion and save it for confirmation that you have participated in this training.

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Any Questions, please contact:  OSU’s Office of Military & Veterans Services, 614-247-VETS (8387).​