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Veterans and Military Student Services Center to host Landing Zone training this spring

Published: January 28, 2020 Author: Staff reports

The Veterans and Military Student Services Center at Ohio University encourages the campus community to show support for veterans by attending its third-year faculty and staff awareness training program titled, “Landing Zone.”

The program, which will be offered in two sessions per semester, provides participants with more understanding and the resources to help veteran students better handle their unique challenges across campus. 

The “Landing Zone,” has produced more than 160 veteran advocates since its development during the 2016-17 academic year. The program was funded through an 1804 grant and became fully implemented during the 2017-18 academic year.

There are four training sessions, called zones, which build upon each other and should be taken in order. Among the topics to be discussed are Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and their impacts on learning. Each one-hour zone builds upon the previous one. Each zone is offered twice to facilitate college or departmental scheduling.

The zone training descriptions include:

Zone 1: “Military 101” reviews various military terms, rank structure, differences in military culture and academic culture and dispels the common myths about veterans.

Zone 2: “OUr Veterans in Transition” breaks out national veteran student characteristics, OHIO veteran characteristics, OHIO student veteran transition experiences and features a veteran student panel questions and answers session.

Zone 3: “The GI Bill” details the Department of Veterans Affairs organizational structure, student veteran success programs, differentiating types of veteran educational benefits and veteran regulation implications and challenges for students.

Zone 4: “PTSD & TBI” provides an understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, the effects on student veterans, a discussion of potential signs and how to assist student veterans.

The training sessions will be offered throughout the fall semester at OHIO’s Baker University Center 239 from noon to 1 p.m. as brown bag lunch sessions. These are the zones dates:

Though not required, faculty/staff are strongly encouraged to pre-register in order to receive credit in the Ohio University Professional Development Pathways (PDP) program. Register at: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4Ua19DI62PkQ5Jr

All trainings are noon to 1 p.m. in Baker University Center 239. Though not required, faculty/staff are strongly encouraged to pre-register in order to receive credit in the Professional Development Pathways program. Spring training dates are:


Zone 1 – BUC 239 – February 11, March 17, 2020
Zone 2 – BUC 239 – February 18, March 24, 2020
Zone 3 – BUC 239 – February 25, March 31, 2020
Zone 4 – BUC 239 – March 3, April 7, 2020

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