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Veterans and Military Student Services Center to host summer Landing Zone training for faculty and staff

Published: May 15, 2020 Author: Staff reports

The Ohio University Veterans and Military Students Faculty/Staff Awareness-Training Program, known as “Landing Zone”, is being offered this summer via Microsoft Teams. 

More than 175 veteran advocates across all of our campuses who have completed the training. 

The purpose of creating our Landing Zone Training at Ohio University is to assist individuals who are committed to providing resources and aid to Veteran students across campus. Landing Zone training seeks to provide its participants with an understanding of the unique challenges faced by veteran students, GI Bill ® implications on course selection, discussion of PTSD and TBI impacts on learning, and resources to assist this special student population. 

The training is four hours in duration, broken down into four 1-hour blocks, to facilitate college or departmental scheduling. Each training session, named Zones, build upon each other. The descriptions of each zone training follows:

Zone 1: Military 101 - looks at various military terms, rank structure, differences in military culture and academic culture, and dispels common myths about veterans.

Zone 2: OUr Veterans in Transition - breaks out national veteran student characteristics, Ohio University veteran characteristics, Ohio University student veteran transition experiences, and highlights 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 VA educational benefits, VA regulation implications/challenges for students.

Zone 4: PTSD/TBI & Resources 4 Vets- provides an understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury effects on student veterans, discussion of potential signs, how to assist student veterans with each. Zone will highlight internal and external resources available to veterans, provides web-based assistance, and answers any additional questions regarding student veterans still unanswered.

Summer semester 2020 sessions are outlined below.  If your college, department or regional campus would like to schedule specific training dates, please contact Terry St. Peter in the Ohio University Veterans Center at 1-740-566-VETS (8387), and he will accommodate your training.|


2020 Summer Sessions:

All training are hosted on Microsoft Teams. Organizers recommend taking the trainings in order, but feel free to attend when available.

Zone 1 – May 26, 2020 – Noon to 1 p.m.

Zone 2 – June 2, 2020 – Noon to 1 p.m.

Zone 3 – June 9, 2020 – Noon to 1 p.m.

Zone 4 – June 16, 2020 – Noon to 1 p.m.

We hope to see you show your support for veterans by attending these training sessions to help improve your understanding of veteran students and enhance their educational experience.


Registration is required in order to receive the Microsoft Teams link

Register here: https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4Ua19DI62PkQ5Jr    (May have to copy and paste into browser)

Faculty/staff will receive credit in the Ohio University professional development pathways (PDP) program as part of the Relationship Building certificate.