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Otterbein Thanks Our Veterans

Otterbein Thanks Our Veterans

Veterans sacrifice so much to serve our country. They leave their jobs, homes and families to serve our country. They are heroes, protectors—and Otterbein students. This Veterans Day, the Otterbein community thanks our military veterans and students.  

Dean Bob Gatti invites all currently-enrolled student soldiers and veterans to join him from 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Den in the Campus Center for a complimentary lunch. Veterans who attend will be entered into a drawing for tickets to upcoming Columbus Blue Jackets games.

Additionally, The OtterBean in the Library is offering free coffee all day to veterans, and the Adult, Transfer and Graduate Admission Office will have free cookies for veterans in Towers Hall, room 23.

While these are small gestures of thanks on Veterans Day, Otterbein thanks veterans every day by proudly participating in the national Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program to help U.S. military veterans and their families attend college. Eligible veterans who apply and are accepted to Otterbein are able to attend tuition free.  

Currently, approximately 31 students and their families are utilizing the Yellow Ribbon Program to attend Otterbein—a number that has almost doubled in the past five years as the word spreads that Otterbein is a great place for veterans to earn an education.  Besides the Yellow Ribbon Program, Otterbein honors other education benefits provided through the  Veterans Administration.  

Otterbein is recognized as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs and currently is ranked 13th in its category on the “Best Colleges for Veterans” list in U.S. News & World Report.

The Yellow Ribbon Program expands the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, which pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition for eligible veterans, by working with participating institutions to cover tuition costs higher than the state school fees. The VA will cover a portion of a veteran's tuition and Otterbein will provide a grant to pay the remaining amount. In addition, eligible dependents will receive a monthly housing allowance and an annual books and supplies stipend. Service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program can also transfer unused education benefits to their spouses or children. Click here to go to the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs site to learn more about the Yellow Ribbon program.

Otterbein knows that veterans enrich the learning environment on campus. Veterans bring valuable skills into the classroom and inspire their fellow classmates. Through military service, veterans develop leadership, teamwork, discipline and countless other highly valued skills. Combining these intangible skills with a formal education gives veterans the competitive edge with prospective employers.

Thank you, veterans, for all you do for our country—and for what you bring to our campus.