Supporting veterans and service members this Veterans Day

Did you know that Oglethorpe is a proud yellow ribbon school, offering tuition discounts to service members and veterans?

The Yellow Ribbon Program can help pay for some out-of-state, private school, or graduate school tuition that the Post-9/11 GI Bill doesn’t cover. Prospective students can find out if they are eligible for the program and view participating schools, including Oglethorpe, through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. Veterans eligible for full benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill pay zero tuition.

Not only do service members and veterans receive financial support, but Oglethorpe also offers support to help with a smooth transition to college and ensure success in the classroom. Small class sizes allow students to benefit from thought-provoking discussion and have their voices heard in an atmosphere conducive to sharing and learning. Veterans also have the opportunity to attend classes with other adults through Oglethorpe’s Adult Degree Program.

The Academic Success Center provides support services for all students, including academic advising, disability accommodations and writing assistance. Additionally, the Counseling Center offers a variety of individual, group, emergency, and outreach services designed to meet the specific needs of every student.

Oglethorpe alumnus veteran spotlight

Tom Reilly in uniform

Oglethorpe alumnus Tom Reilly (Philip Weltner Library)

From the Philip Weltner Library
Tom Reilly graduated from Oglethorpe in 1967 and was then drafted into service in Vietnam. Serving in the 199th Infantry Division, Mr. Reilly was wounded twice and awarded both a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

During the conflict, he served as a war correspondent for the military newspaper Stars and Stripes.

In 2016, Mr. Reilly donated his photographs and papers to the Oglethorpe Archives, and they have been used by students in our photography classes.

Learn more about Mr. Reilly’s experience in Vietnam in this interview conducted by the Witness to War Foundation on C-SPAN.

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