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WCPO: Veterans find community at University of Cincinnati

UC's Office of Veterans Programs & Services helps active-duty students and student vets navigate benefits, become Bearcats

Transitioning to college life can be a complicated and frustrating exerpience for veterans and active-duty members of the military alike. 

WCPO reporter Craig McKee covered how the Office of Veterans Programs & Services at the University of Cincinnati is helping current and former members of the military make the switch from serviceman to student for a recent "Homefront," a regular segment covering veterans issues. Most of UC's more than 2,200 students turn to VPS for help with their educational benefits.

McKee interviewed VPS Program Manager Terence Harrison, a 30-year veteran of the Army Reserve, and Air Force veteran and UC student Matthew Photides, who now works in Harrison's office. McKee reported on how Harrison's experience gives him a unique insight into the lives of the students he works wiith. 

“We have the same shared experiences,” Harrison told McKee.  “I don’t care which branch you served in."

VPS works with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Harrison encourages all veterans interested in learning more about what kind of benefits they qualify for to reach out to his office.

UC's veteran student population has more than doubled over the last decade, McKee reported, and is the largest recipient of G.I. Bill funds in the region. 

Featured Image: Terence Harrison, program manager of UC's Office of Veterans Programs & Services. Read more about Harrison's background and journey to UC.