In 2018, Ohio had the fifth largest number of veterans, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. There were 680,310 living in the state and roughly 20,000 of them lived in the 12 counties that make up southeastern Ohio.

Veterans have numerous hurdles to overcome when returning home, ranging from isolation to navigating civilian life. Institutions of higher learning provide veterans with services like veteran centers that can counsel students on everything from the GI Bill to connecting them with mental health services in the area. Being enrolled in classes can also prevent isolation and give former military members a sense of purpose that they might not have felt since leaving the military.

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