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How Can I Help Student Veterans Transition to Campus?

How Can I Help Student Veterans Transition to Campus?

Adapting to life on campus can be difficult for student veterans. Learn practical tips on how you can support student veterans in their return to civilian life. These techniques include incorporating service-learning and team activities to draw on student veterans’ strengths and reduce their social isolation.

Practical tips to help support student veterans

Adapting to life on campus can test anyone, but for student veterans it can be particularly difficult.

Learn how you can support student veterans in their return to civilian life in How Can I Help Student Veterans Transition to Campus?.

Student veterans frequently face challenges beyond those known to the typical new student. Consider these unique characteristics of student veterans:

  • 84.5 percent are older than traditional students*
  • Nearly 50 percent of new veterans seek disability benefits*
  • 47 percent have children*
  • 46 percent reported significant symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder*
  • 7.7 percent have attempted suicide*

(*Statistics from a 2011 national study published in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice)

You’ll learn practical tips for supporting student veterans:

  • Using student surveys as a nonthreatening way to find out whether there are veterans in your classes and how many times they were deployed
  • Sharing information about child care services
  • Providing space on campus for veterans to gather
  • Incorporating service-learning and team activities to draw on student veterans’ strengths and reduce their social isolation
  • Sharing information on resources, such as AboutFace, Student Veterans of America, and Vets Prevail

You’ll learn from an expert too. Presenter Justin Smith, Ph.D., is the director of the Fides Program at the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of South Dakota, which focuses on academic success for student veterans.

You can read “Forty Percent of 2 Million” Preparing to Serve our Veterans with Disabilities, which they wrote based on their U.S. Department of Education grant.

Learning goals

After participating in this student affairs session, you will be able to:

  • Identify factors that affect the ease or difficulty of a veteran’s return to civilian life
  • Recognize the multiple, complex transitions student veterans must navigate
  • Understand the difference between the cultures of the military and of higher education institutions
  • Identify early warning signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and depression

Professional development supporting special student populations

Helping student veterans successfully navigate the transition from the military to higher education can involve faculty and staff across your campus.

This program is also available as part of the Student Veteran 4-pack.

Make this program available for ongoing training

Make it easy for your colleagues to benefit from this professional development opportunity and purchase a Campus Access License for How Can I Help Student Veterans Transition to Campus? All members of your campus community will be able to access this session at their convenience through your institution’s internal website.

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