Ohio Dominican Launches PATRIOTS Program

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2009-06-30

Educational program designed to meet the needs of Post-9/11 Veterans

COLUMBUS , OH – Ohio Dominican University (ODU) is reintroducing a program designed to help veterans achieve their academic goals.

Ohio Dominican first launched its PATRIOTS Program nearly 20 years ago to meet the educational needs of returning Vietnam veterans. The program is being reintroduced in response to a new benefit being offered by the Veterans Benefits Administration beginning August 1 -- the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, also known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

"Through ODU's PATRIOTS Program, veterans can pursue an associate's, bachelor's or master's degree at a student-centered university with a commitment to quality teaching and learning. We have a history of helping veterans who have served their country start the next chapter of their lives, which often begins with the pursuit of an educational degree," said Dave Archibald, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing.

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-911 veterans in Ohio may qualify for as much as 100% of their schooling expenses, with generous allowances for monthly living expenses, books and student activity fees. Veterans may receive up to 36 months of entitlement (or four academic years) under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. 

Retired Major General is new PATRIOTS Director

Retired Major General Dennis Laich, AUS is Ohio Dominican's PATRIOTS Program Director. Laich is the University's support liaison for veterans applying for the PATRIOTS program, 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 of which were spent in various command positions, the last as commander of the 94 th 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.

Laich 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.

PATRIOTS Day

ODU will sponsor a special program for veterans and their spouses - PATRIOTS Day - on Saturday, July 25, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon on the University's main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road. The event will be held in the new Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center. University representatives will be on hand to give a brief presentation about the program, answer questions and provide tours of the campus.

For more information or to register for PATRIOTS Day, contact PATRIOTS Program Director Major General (Ret.) AUS Dennis Laich at (614) 251-4500; 1-800-955-OHIO; or laichd@ohiodominican.edu. More information can be found on Ohio Dominican's PATRIOTS website, www.odupatriots.com