AUDIO: OU Trying To Attract Student Veterans

Fred Kight

Updated Sat, Sep 17, 2011 2:44 pm

Veterans - Ohio University wants you to feel wanted, wants you to feel welcomed and to be successful as students.

OU's commitment to veterans is touted in a new Military Friend designation from a magazine called GI Jobs.

The designation annually recognizes 20 percent of post-secondary institutions for commitment to military and veteran students.

Until she moved into another position at Ohio University, Angela Lash was the University's coordinator of veterans' academic services.

Lash says the honor recognizes many steps that the university has taken, particularly over the last two years, to better serve students who are veterans, including new services, improved communication and enhanced collaboration with off-campus groups.

Lash estimates that 550 student veterans and military personnel currently attend Ohio's main and regional campuses, based on educational benefits claimed through the VA. This includes about 270 military-affiliated students on the Athens' campus.

That number could grow higher based on a recent study by the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, which identified 2,388 veterans in Ohio University's surrounding counties - many of whom are not using their VA educational benefits.