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. ONU 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.
ONU thanks military veterans for their service. Each year, the university has a special Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony at the Henry Solomon Lehr statue at the front of campus. This year, Col. David D. Kretz delivered reflections during the ceremony on Nov. 11.
A color guard of the Ream-McElroy VFW Post 9381 in Ada posted colors. The ceremony also included an invocation by Chaplain David MacDonald.
Veterans Day is a special commemoration for all veterans, both within ONU’s faculty, staff, and students. It is also a day of awareness—educating students on the important value of military participation.
The university has a strong commitment to aiding military veterans as they transition from active duty, to life as students and then to successful careers.
The university has been recognized as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine for three consecutive years. As the university continues to improve its military efforts each year, more veteran students implement new initiatives and programs into the university’s long tradition of providing students with the ability to return to school after their military service.
The Office of Financial Aid says, “We hope that you will consider Ohio Northern as an option to continue your formal education. We highly value the qualities of leadership, maturity, persistence, dedication and responsibility that you possess.”
Returning to school after serving in the military can be difficult. Many student-veterans can face some challenges upon this return.
For senior nursing student Tyler Turner, however, returning to school after his service has been just as rewarding as he imagined. For the future military nurse, enlisting in the military in 2013 enabled him to become a stronger individual.
He joined the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) in 2012 and then decided to enlist in the Army in 2013. He served for one year at the 326th Military History Detachment (MHD), where he was responsible for collecting documentation of the army in military conflicts for future work by military historians.
After his year in service, he returned to Ada, Ohio to continue his education at ONU, all while serving in the 346th Psychological Operations Army unit, where he works to secure national objectives.
Balancing his academic courses with his military involvement has been a difficult journey, but ultimately far more rewarding than Turner ever could have anticipated prior to his enlistment.
“After I graduate in May, I will commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Army. I look forward to the next chapter of my life,” he commented.
ONU not only provides a home for veterans, but effectively trains its students for a well-rounded life in the military. The faculty, staff and other students involved in the Ohio Northern Veterans Organization assist in the transition period for these veterans.