Welcome Veterans! Thank you for your service to our country! The Office for Disability Services would like to make your transition or return to Ohio State as smooth as possible. The ODS Veteran Student’s Resources Page is designed to provide access to veteran student information and resources available in the OSU community and beyond.
Click the links below to navigate this page:
- How to Receive ODS Services
- Campus Resource Links
- Community Resource Links
- Benefits and Resources Information
- Special Announcements and Events
The Office for Disability Services provides individualized accommodations and support services for veteran students with disabilities. Students can speak with an ODS Counselor to discuss referral options for a student that may need accommodations. Our meetings and contact will be discreet and CONFIDENTIAL.
In order to receive services from ODS, you must provide documentation of your disability from an appropriate professional. See the criteria for documentation for more information. We also can accept paperwork that discloses the disability diagnosis, such any DD Form, diagnostic exam, or evaluation.
Here at ODS, we understand the difficulties in getting paperwork from the Veteran's Administration. If you have trouble obtaining any documentation, please contact us so that we may assist you in the process.
This office 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 responsibilities include:
- Manage the VA certification and registration for all Veterans education benefits to which student-veterans and their dependents are entitled.
- Coordinate all VA benefit and payment activities with the Student Services Center, including the Office of the Registrar, the Bursar, and Student Records.
- Assist students with accessing essential university services such as Academic Exploration & Counseling, Student Advocacy, Counseling & Consultation, and Disability Services.
- Connect students with State and Federal agencies that support veterans.
- Michael Carrell, Assistant Provost & Director, 614-292-3898
- Michael Forrest, Director, Veterans Transition & Services, 614-292-7047
- Melissa Boyd, Senior Veterans Benefits Specialist, 614-688-1579
- Gina Lee, Veterans Benefits Specialist, 614-292-3453
This office provides workshops, personal counseling, and various support groups dealing with a wide range of mental health topics including PTSD, Depression and Anxiety. Call for dates and times of activities or individual appointments.
Location: 4th Floor Younkin Success Center | 1640 Neil Ave
This office provides assistance in addressing problems and concerns whether they are personal or academic (e.g. classes missed due to deployment). They will answer your questions, direct you to the appropriate departments and people, and help you to become familiar with University rules, policies and procedures.
Location: 1120 Lincoln Tower | 1800 Cannon Drive
- Ohio Dept. of Administrative Services Military Leave Policy
- US Department of Veterans Affairs
- Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) - Veterans Services
- AMVETS - Ohio
- Veterans OutReach Center, Columbus, Ohio
The Ohio Military Injury Relief Fund (MIRF)
The Ohio Military Injury Relief Fund (MIRF) was created by House Bill 66 in June of 2005.
The purpose of the MIRF is to grant money to soldiers injured while serving on active duty in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) or Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF).
Join the Veterans Learning Community
Participation in Veterans Learning Community will provide students with the opportunity to interact with faculty and staff, take special topic general education curriculum (GEC) courses, develop and collaborate on undergraduate research projects, and socialize with and support other veterans.
Participation is open to students who are Veterans, Active Duty, Coast Guard, or National Guard.
The Mission of the Veterans Learning Community is to help students connect their experiences in the field with academic approaches to learning and provide them with a platform to communicate their experience and research.