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About the Community Advocate Program

Over 2,000 military veterans and their family members are enrolled at Ohio State using their GI Bill education benefits as graduate and undergraduate students, but going from military life to student life can be a significant change. Many veterans face challenges that are far different from most traditional students.

Through the Veteran Community Advocate (VCA) Program, many of Ohio State’s top veteran students are continuing their service to the university and their fellow veterans on campus. The VCA Program is a vital part of the effort to help connect fellow veterans to resources and experiences that will ensure our veteran students accomplish their new mission - academic and professional success.

Candidates for these VCA roles must demonstrate leadership qualities, maintain their academic performance and have a plan to be effective and impactful in critical areas of need for veteran students. Each VCA is then assigned to offices throughout Ohio State that serve and interact with veterans on a regular basis.

The VCA role is twofold. First, they help their designated office understand the challenges facing student veterans at Ohio State and develop specific plans to improve interaction between the two. They also develop programs that serve as outreach to fellow veteran students, the campus population at large, and the surrounding Columbus community.

We are committed to creating an extraordinary experience for every student at Ohio State, and that certainly includes veteran students in our Buckeye Military Family.​

If you are interested in serving in a Community Advocate position, please contact the Office of Military and Veterans Services at 614-247-VETS.