Veterans Affairs Department created at Lewis University

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Veterans Affairs Department created at Lewis University

Published: August 27, 2013.

Roman Ortega Jr.

Lewis University has created the administrative department of Veterans Affairs and Recruitment as part of a continued effort to holistically support veterans and their families. The department will recruit veterans to Lewis, assist in their transition to academic studies, support them and work to retain veterans and their dependents. Roman Ortega Jr., who has served in the U.S. Army for more than 15 years and achieved the rank of Major, has been appointed Director of the new department.

“Lewis University has a long history of supporting our nation’s veterans through the Yellow Ribbon program and other support services. Roman Ortega Jr. will be a particularly fine leader for the new department that will be a valuable resource for veterans and their families as they transition from serving their country into academic life, obtain their education as Lewis students and make further contributions to society in their careers and as alumni,” stated Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University.

Ortega, who earned a MBA from Lewis University in 2013, brings an extensive knowledge of military service and higher education to the office. For the last four years, he served as the Director of Military Science for Lewis University and Olivet Nazarene University. The U.S. Army Major has combat arms and military intelligence experience, including a one-year combat tour as an infantry officer in Iraq. He currently serves as a Commander at Fort Sheridan, IL with the U.S. Army Reserve.

More than 553 Lewis University students are Active Duty military or veterans. Many of them participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program provides 100 percent of student tuition expenses, funded through Lewis University and the Department of Veteran Affairs. More information about the Office of Veterans Affairs and Recruitment is available at or 815-836-5339.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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Carlos Serrato said:
This is fantastic news. Having Roman lead this department is great. As a veteran anything I can do to assist please call on me. Carlos

Aaron Struble said:
From day one Roman Ortega has made my transition as smooth as possible. He helped guide me during every step of the transition process. Thanks Roman!

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