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Otterbein asks you to take a moment to thank a veteran this week

Otterbein asks you to take a moment to thank a veteran this week

Veterans and active military students are an important part of Otterbein’s student body. Even though they blend into the campus community through many different programs, they stand out by bringing their life experience, skills and talents developed through their military service. Otterbein has been recognized as a good choice for veterans by G.I. Jobs magazine and U.S. News and World Report.

Adam Shafer ‘21 spent five years active duty in the U.S. Navy, petty officer 3rd class hospital corpsman, stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

“I always wanted to be a corpsman. I got the opportunity to work with nurses and doctors in the emergency and operating rooms at the naval hospital. I was able to shadow nurse anesthetists and doctors, participating in patient care. It was just an awesome environment,” Shafer recalled.

He was discharged in November of 2016. He started classes at Columbus State and transferred to Otterbein for fall semester of 2017 to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Shafer said he learned about Otterbein through the Preferred Pathways program at Columbus State. A visit to Otterbein’s campus helped him make his next move during his transition to civilian and student.  

“I heard nothing but good things about the nursing program and when I visited campus, it felt like home.” 

He said the individualized attention from staff and faculty helped him find his fit into university life. The Office of the Registrar showed Shafer how to add courses and work through Veteran Affairs to apply his benefits. Shafer was glad to see Otterbein offered the 9/11 Yellow Ribbon program.

“I am comfortable here at Otterbein because of all the help that is available,” he said. “By the end of the first week, every professor I have knew all the students by name.”

Applying for a position as a medical assistant is on the horizon for Shafer this summer. Using the same tenacity and discipline he’s developed from his military experience, he wants to eventually apply for graduate school and become a nurse anesthetist.

Shafer encourages all veterans to make a plan before they are discharged from the military, and to take advantage of their educational benefits. Otterbein is approved to provide education to eligible veterans, widows and children of veterans and reservists and is a proud participant in the national Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program.

Thank you Adam Shafer, active military and veteran students for your service.

As our nation takes a moment, to reflect and consider the sacrifice and commitment made by our veterans, as well as those currently serving, Otterbein invites you to share this video message as a small but meaningful token of appreciation in their honor. Please post a link to this video on your social media or share it through your email starting today, Friday, Nov. 10, and continuing throughout the weekend. We also invite you to name the veterans in your life and help us recognize their service by utilizing #OtterbeinKindness in your posts.

Otterbein will recognize Veterans Day on campus Monday, Nov. 13. Dean Bob Gatti invites all active military and student veterans to meet him for lunch between 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Den in the Campus Center. The Bean is also offering free coffee all day to veterans.

For more information or to speak with an advisor, contact Office of Admission, 614.823.1500, e-mail:  uotterb@otterbein.edu, or www.otterbein.edu/veterans