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Veterans transition from active service to life as ONU students

Veterans return to ONU for an educational career after a life of service in the U.S. military. (photo/Office of Communications & Marketing)

Veterans return to ONU for an educational career after a life of service in the U.S. military. (photo/Office of Communications & Marketing)

Ohio Northern University puts efforts into making going to school easier for the men and women who serve, have served or plan to serve in the U.S. military. The university offers amenities to military students, including waiving fees, financial aid benefits and specific military education courses. These courses range in topics on military tactics, military law and leadership, military science and national defense organization.

An annual Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony on campus honors military veterans for their service. This year’s ceremony will be on Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Henry Solomon Lehr statue, with Col. David D. Kretz being a featured speaker and color guard from the Ream-McElroy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9381 in Ada posting colors. The ceremony will also include an invocation by Campus Chaplain David MacDonald.

G.I. Jobs magazine has recognized ONU as a Military Friendly School for the past three years.

Returning to school after serving in the military can be a difficult transition. For senior nursing student Tyler Turner, his time at ONU is a transitory period before returning to military service as a military nurse.

Experiences with ONU’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps turned into enlistment in the U.S. Army in 2013. He served for one year with the 326th Military History Detachment, collecting documentation of military conflicts for future work by military historians.

He returned to ONU to continue his education, while serving in the Army’s 346th Psychological Operations unit, where he works to secure national objectives.

Balancing his academic courses with military responsibilities have been difficult, Turner acknowledges, but it has been far more rewarding than he ever could have anticipated.

After I graduate in May, I will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army. I look forward to the next chapter of my life,” he commented.

The Ohio Northern Veterans Organization assists other veterans to make successful transitions to life on campus.

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