Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Grand opening event held for Veteran Services Office


A grand opening event was recently held for the Veteran Services Office on campus. The office is designed to help military veterans make the transition to college students. In many ways, the initiative supports the campus’ core values. OU-C was founded in 1946 largely to allow veterans returning from World War II to utilize the GI Bill to pursue their college dreams, and that spirit continues today with the opening of this office.

“This has been a true team effort, with the involvement of people on campus and beyond,” OU-C Director of Student Services said. “We look to continue this collaboration, and, most of all, we want to thank our veterans for all they have done and continue to do to make our way of life possible.”

Joshua Reisinger, a Marine Corps veteran who is helping to staff the office as a student employee, said, “After leaving the service, I saw many of my fellow veterans follow paths that were not always productive, and I wanted to find a way to help them. One day, I met a fellow veteran who was pursuing his master’s degree and suggested I also attend college. So, I am a product of a similar situation that involves mentoring, and I look to continue that with my role in this office.”

Patty Hamilton of the Chillicothe VA Medical Center said, “The goal is to maintain this partnership, and I look forward to continuing to work together with others to further strengthen this collaboration.”

Information about the office and its services is available at: http://www.oucnewsblog.com/2016/03/new-veteran-services-office-continues_3.html

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