Supporting OHIO's Veterans Services Support Fund

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This campaign ended on December 31, 2023, but you can still make a gift to Ohio University by clicking here!

Ohio University’s Veterans Services Support Fund allows the Veterans and Military Student Services Center flexibility to provide programming, services, and support that are not otherwise supported through operational budget. For example, keeping the Veterans Lounge stocked with snacks, beverages, water, printer paper/supplies, in addition to providing veteran graduation stoles for our students to wear at commencement.

Out of the roughly 600 veterans and currently-serving members enrolled at OHIO campuses, approximately 60 of these students need help throughout the academic year.

During the home football game on Oct. 21, President Lori Stewart Gonzalez and OHIO welcomed home members of the Bobcat family who just completed a year-long deployment to the Middle East (Iraq/Syria) as members of the Ohio National Guard’s 37th Brigade Combat Team

Some Facts about Veterans at OHIO:

  • 600+ veterans and currently serving members
  • Historically, 3,000+ students have indicated some sort of military affiliation
  • Dedicated Veterans Lounge is open in Baker Center as of November 2022
  • OHIO has been awarded Military Friendly® status for 11 straight years
  • OHIO has also been designated an Ohio Collegiate Purple Star
  • Ranked on Military Times' 2023 Best for Vets: Colleges

Student Voices

"The Veterans Lounge has allowed me to have a space to decompress from the large presence of students on campus.  It provides me the opportunity to share comradery with folks who have the same experience." — Meredith Darrah, Ohio Air Guard member

"The Veterans Lounge has enabled me to be a productive and healthy student veteran.  Access to the resources in the lounge and the assistance from the members of the Veterans Center staff has enhanced my academic and student experience." — Ethan Barnes, US Army Veteran

Your generous gift to this Veterans campaign will support students, the lounge, and more

Your actions now will make this campaign a success. Here are 5 things alumni, parents, and friends can do to support the Center:

  • Make a gift here, in support of OU's Veterans Services Support Fund.
  • Mail a check (payable to The Ohio University Foundation) to The Ohio University Foundation, PO Box 869, Athens, OH 45701; be sure to write Veterans Services Support Fund on the memo line.
  • Donors ages 70.5 and older who would like to make their gift as a Qualified Charitable Distribution, please reach out to Maggi Karagosian '22.
  • If you want to explore making a charitable gift to this campaign via a Donor Advised Fund or stock transfer, please also reach out to Maggi.
  • Share this campaign on your social media accounts to help spread the word.

If you are interested in supporting the Veteran’s Center for years to come, please consider naming a room within the Veteran’s Lounge. Various spaces are available, and can be named after you or in honor of a veteran or military-affiliated person in your life. Named spaces have the potential to provide one-time support to the Lounge, or create an endowed account that will provide funding in perpetuity. Please contact Maggi for more information about this unique opportunity.

Thank you for supporting Ohio University as it works to help its students who served in the United States Armed Forces with a gift to the Veterans Services Support Fund!

Disclaimer: It is not the intent of Ohio University to imply an endorsement by any service branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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