Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans provided feedback to researchers about their military and civilian journeys, particularly the transition from active duty military service to college student.
"What needs do veterans bring to campus? Little is known about this emerging student population. The researchers interviewed 25 students who served in the current Iraq and Afghan conflicts. This was a multi-campus study, with the sample derived from three geographically diverse universities representing northern, southern, and western regions of the United States.... [Researchers generated] a conceptual framework for understanding students who are making the transition from wartime service to college. Findings and implications will help institutions organize a holistic approach for assisting veterans and improving their chances for success" (p. 73). (Abstractor: Author)

Major Findings & Recommendations

Transitional issues veterans bring with them when exiting the military and entering college are that “most student-veterans reported that military educational benefits do not provide enough resources to attend college full-time. Therefore, many in this population must face the prospect of somehow balancing work and school” (p. 86). (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff) • “Academic preparation for college was deficient for many of the veteran students. This was consistent for both those returning to campus to resume their studies and those entering college for the first time” (p. 86). (Abstractor: Author) • “Other students did not feel comfortable being called on in class because of their service experience” (p. 88). (Abstractor: Author) • “A consistent message from the participants was that they hoped faculty members would acknowledge their veteran status and attempt to understand them as a student population” (p. 89). (Abstractor: Author) •"Seeking help in financial matters at the local campus office is important for veterans, but of equal significance is the transition back into the larger campus community" (p.. 90) • “Several participants noted that delayed benefits payments, mostly due to an imposing federal system and bureaucratic “red-tape,” caused unnecessary stress. Under these circumstances, student-veterans had to pay their tuition bill upfront, perhaps using a high interest rate credit card, and then wait for reimbursement” (p. 91). (Abstractor: Author)