Ohio Dominican University Named Military-Friendly School

Ohio Dominican University Named Military-Friendly School


Columbus, OH (43219) – For the third consecutive year, Ohio Dominican University has been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. 

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Ohio Dominican University’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media.   “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”   

Ohio Dominican first launched the PATRIOTS Program 20 years ago to meet the educational needs of returning Vietnam veterans. Through PATRIOTS, veterans can achieve their academic goals, pursuing either an associate's, bachelor's or master's degree. The University reintroduced the PATRIOTS program in response to the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, also known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act enables those veterans who qualify for the educational benefit to earn a college degree. Depending on the number of active duty months they have served, Post-9/11 veterans in Ohio may qualify for as much as 100-percent of their schooling expenses, with allowances for monthly living expenses, books and student activity fees. Veterans may receive up to 36 months of assistance (or four academic years).

Retired Major General Dennis Laich is ODU's PATRIOTS program director. Gen. Laich provides one-on-one assistance to veterans, linking them with the resources they need to meet their educational goals. Following a distinguished 35-year career in the Army Reserve, Laich began his business career in 1972 with Corning Glass Works and went on to hold management 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. He completed postgraduate studies at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and is a graduate of the Army War College.

The list can be viewed by visiting www.militaryfriendlyschools.com. 

For more information on ODU’s PATRIOTS Program, visit www.odupatriots.com, or contact Major General (Ret.) Dennis Laich at (614) 251-4500; 1-800-955-OHIO; or laichd@ohiodominican.edu. 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private liberal arts institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,300 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.