The Military and Veteran Resources Center at Oregon State University, and our Military Connected Community, would like to thank all those that took the time to share in our 2018 Veterans Week Events. We could not have done it without the great support that we received from the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs, specifically Elizabeth Estabrooks, the Oregon Women Veterans Coordinator, and Nathaniel Boehme, the LGBTQ Veterans Coordinator; our own student veteran Jacob Mogler who’s time and talent produced the documentary GRUNTS; the amazing veterans that participated in our panels to help provide even greater clarity to the topics; the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde for their generous contribution that allowed us to provide refreshments and to utilize such a great venue as the LaSells Stewart Center.
November 3rd – Veterans Appreciation Game – Start your 2018 Veterans Week off with the OSU vs USC football game. As a small token of appreciation to those who have given so much to defend and serve the United States of America, Oregon State Athletics is offering two complimentary tickets to Beaver football’s November 3 game against USC to verified military personnel, including both active personnel and veterans. Service members and veterans can also purchase additional tickets for 50% off regular price. http://x.paciolanmail.com/ats/msg.aspx?sg1=f7e814a99beeeab29054e085c7e99e23
November 6th – I AM NOT INVISIBLE – Join us at 7 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center for the exhibit, I AM NOT INVISIBLE. It is a remarkable exhibition featuring 20 portraits of Oregon women military veterans. A veteran panel will follow at 8 p.m. The public is welcome to this free event.
November 7th – GRUNT – Join us at 7 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center for a screening of the documentary GRUNT, a film by OSU student veteran Jacob Mogler. It shares a few stories of coming home… from the “Forever War.” A film about Oregon State Student Veterans by an OSU student veteran. A veteran panel will follow immediately after the screening. The public is welcome to this free event. Contains some adult language.
November 8th – Breaking the Silence – Join us at 7 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center for a screening of the documentary Breaking the Silence. This groundbreaking film explores the lives of five LGBTQIA+ Oregon veterans, who not only served their country honorably, but were forced to serve in silence and at great risk to themselves, their careers and their families. A veteran panel will follow at immediately after the screening. The public is welcome to this free event.
November 9th – Behind the Uniform – Join us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the heart of the main campus in the covered area between the Memorial Union and the Student Experience Center. Behind the Uniform is an opportunity to meet with some of our Military Connected Community members and find out more about them. Enjoy free coffee and donuts.
A very special thank you to the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde for a grant that made our Nov 7-9 events possible.
For more information please contact the Military and Veteran Resources Program at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fallen Patriots is an tax exempt organisation, who’s mission is to provide college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. They can be found at https://www.fallenpatriots.org.
They have recently highlighted Lance Parson. Lance is currently a senior here at Oregon State University, a student in Environmental Sciences, and a recipient of a Fallen Patriot Scholarship. Lance’s story can be found at https://www.fallenpatriots.org/student-spotlight-blog/lance-j-parson.
Effective August 1, 2018, the entitlement available under the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program will be reduced from 45 months to 36 months, but in October, the monthly allowance for eligible recipients will increase.
These changes, part of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, aka “Forever GI Bill,”were passed by Congress last summer.
The DEA program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or of Veterans who died while on active duty or from a service-related condition.
DEA benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeships and on-the-job training. Surviving spouses-can use benefits for correspondence courses and remedial, deficiency and some approved refresher courses.
What you need to know now:
- If you’re already taking classes, or will start taking classes by July 31, 2018, you remain eligible for up to 45 months of education entitlement benefits
- Beginning Oct.1, 2018, all students will see a significant increase in the monthly benefit
Eligible DEA recipients will be entitled to a monthly allowance of:
- $1,224 for full-time coursework, compared to $1,041 currently as of Oct. 1, 2017
- $967 for three-quarter time coursework, compared to $780 currently as of Oct. 1, 2017
- $710 for half-time coursework, compared to $519 currently as of Oct. 1, 2017
These increases go into effect Oct. 1, 2018.
To find out more about DEA benefits, please visit the DEA page on our website.
Call if you have questions!
If you have further questions about your entitlement or eligibility, please call 1–888-GI-BILL-1 (1–888–442–4551). If you use the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), the federal number is 711. You can also visit the Forever GI Bill website at FGIB website.
Did you know that much of the research on how people age has been done with WWII and Korea-era veterans? The WWII generation had especially high rates of military service (nearly half of all men), and a quarter experienced combat. How this generation aged may reflect their experiences in the military. But subsequent generations often had very different military experiences, and we don’t know if this will affect their health and aging in the same way.
Researchers at Oregon State University are conducting a pilot study on the long-term effects of military service, both positive and negative, on veterans’ health and well-being. If you are a veteran from the Vietnam (1964-1975), Persian Gulf (1990 – 1991) or OEF/OIF/OND (2001 – current) eras, they would love to hear from both combat and non-combat veterans. They estimate that it will take about one hour to complete the on-line survey. For completing this survey, you can receive a $20 gift card. All responses are confidential (to the full extent of the law).
Here is a link to the survey: http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3q4Fq0fEu1z80lL
If you would prefer to receive a paper and pencil version of the questionnaire, please call the Center for Healthy Aging Research at 541 737-9241, and they’d be happy to send you out a copy.
OSU is excited to partner with Kognito to provide an opportunity to gain the skills to better engage with student veterans through an interactive internet simulation.
Developed in collaboration with Student Veterans of America and adopted by more than 125 universities and colleges, this research-proven online solution helps drive sustainable changes in behaviors that promote student veterans’ academic success and retention.
All Oregon State University faculty, staff, and students are able to take part in this learning initiative to become better equipped to connect with our student veterans.
Take a day out of your schedule to prepare yourself to use the benefits that you have earned and services that are available to you here at Oregon State University.
Veteran Community Orientation is open to all active duty / veteran / eligible family member students enrolled for their first year at OSU. Navigating the transition to a new university can be a particularly exciting and challenging experience. The Veterans’ Orientation is designed to help facilitate your transition by improving your knowledge of available VA benefits and services, guiding you through pertinent policies, procedures, and resources, assisting you in identifying key skills and strategies for success, and encouraging community and student engagement.
THIS IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR THE OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY START PROGRAM.
If you are an incoming student you may opt-in for either the June 28th or the August 30th Veteran Community Orientation dates, you do not have to be attending a START Program adjacent to these dates.
If you still need to register for the OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY START PROGRAM.
For more information CLICK HERE to visit our web page.
The Military and Veteran Resources Program at Oregon State University is a proud recipient of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs Campus Veteran Resource Grant. Oregon State University, along with 13 other universities and community colleges, share in a portion of the $1 million dollar award to help enhance veteran services at public institutions throughout the State of Oregon.
The grant was made possible with the passage of Senate Bill 143 in the 2017 Oregon Legislature. The Bill is intended to augment existing campus programs that help veterans successfully transition from military service to college life, succeed in college and complete educational goals, and transition from college to the workforce in the community.
The intended use for the funds at Oregon State include the upgrading of the computer workstations that are available for the Military and Veteran Community members while on campus, enhancing the campus orientation program for incoming student veterans, and creating a designated representative focused on the needs of our Ecampus military connected students.
We are excited to announce that the two scholarship opportunities that we unveiled last year are once again available for the Beaver Vet community here at OSU.
The application period is open from January 1st to March 1st 2018.
The Class of ‘65 Service Member / Veteran Alumni and Descendants Educational Scholarship.
This scholarship is available to OSU alumni or former students who are honorably discharged veterans of, or currently serving in, the U.S. military (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, including reserve components) or children or grandchildren of such veterans. Children and grandchildren are not limited to biological children and grandchildren only.
The Mark & Vicki Hehnen Scholarship for Veterans in Science.
This scholarship is available to Oregon State University (OSU) College of Science undergraduate or graduate students who are honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Military.
Last year we were honored to be able to award three deserving students scholarships under these two programs.
For more information and to get the applications please visit our scholarships page at: http://studentlife.oregonstate.edu/veterans/scholarships
College Factual recently released their 2018 Best Colleges for Veterans Rankings. This is a ranking of four-year colleges and universities in the United States. Oregon State University has performed above average in this ranking.
National Rankings Review
Oregon State is ranked 55 out of 1,421 for veteran friendliness of all colleges and universities reviewed by College Factual. This means Oregon State is in the top 60 Best for Vets school in the U.S. Oregon State improved its ranking position 24 slots over the previous year’s ranking of 79.
Oregon Rankings Review
Oregon State University is ranked 1 out of 19 colleges and universities reviewed by College Factual for veteran friendliness in Oregon. This means Oregon State is the best school for veterans in Oregon. Oregon State has achieved this ranking 2 years in a row.