Oregon State University is enrolling military veterans at higher rates than before. OSU is creating new programs and expanding others with student veterans in mind.

Student veterans account for about one of every 25 students at Oregon State. Enrollment of student veterans at OSU has been increasing over the past five years.

Gus Bedwell with Oregon State University says part of the enrollment increase is due to an expansion of federal education benefits that started in 2009. And, he says, soldiers are returning from duty overseas.

"The thing is that, as the wars draw down, and we have soldiers returning home and exiting the military, that's increasing their need to go back to school because of the high unemployment rate right now," he says.

Bedwell says two new initiatives at OSU are geared toward these students. One provides medical help to veterans and the other focuses on academic support.

Oregon State University has 1,025 students who are receiving veterans' educational benefits.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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