ODU PATRIOT Program Director to Speak at National Catholic War Veteran Council Event

Dennis Laich


Columbus, OH – Ohio Dominican University’s Patriots Program Director Retired Major General Dennis Laich, AUS, will be the keynote speaker for a meeting of the National Council of Catholic War Veterans on Saturday, April 17, 2010 in Hudson, Ohio.

“The alignment between the Catholic War Veterans of America and ODU’s Patriots Program is clear and compelling…both are affiliated with Catholic institutions helping veterans,” said Laich. “Through a closer relationship of the two groups, veterans are served and the Church and our nation our stronger.”

In his role as director of ODU’s Patriots Program, Laich is the university's support liaison for veterans applying to become ODU students, providing one-on-one assistance and linking them with resources they need to meet their educational goals. Laich had a distinguished 35-year career in the Army Reserve, 14 which were spent in various command positions; the last as commander of the 94th Regional Readiness Command in Ft. Devens, MA. His business career began in 1972 with Corning Glass Works and included positions with LTV Steel and Navistar International.

He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Lafayette College, and master's degrees from West Virginia University and St. Francis College, in Business Administration and Labor Relations, respectively. He completed postgraduate studies at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and is a graduate of the Army War College.

The Catholic War Veterans of The United States of America, Inc. was founded in 1935 and was congressionally chartered in 1984. The national headquarters are located in Alexandria, Virginia and the Ohio department headquarters is in Columbus. The organization actively supports the nation’s military veterans and promotes their welfare.