This study found that more than 500,000 veterans are currently enrolled in post-secondary education (PSE), with more expected to enter as active duty deployment is scaled back, while there are three major challenges: repurposing their military experience, reconstructing their civilian identity, and navigating PSE. In practice, veterans enrolled in post-secondary education (PSE) should continue utilizing services available to them both on and off campus. In policy, policymakers might consider allocating additional funds to VRCs on university campuses, and the Department of Defense (DoD) might offer additional resources to transitioning service members to help smooth the process. Suggestions for future study include understanding the needs of transitioning veterans, especially regarding the unique challenges they face when pursuing PSE, as well as interviewing veterans attending IHE that lack veteran resources.
Gregg, B. T., Howell, D. M., & Shordike, A. (2016). Experiences of veterans transitioning to postsecondary education. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(6). https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2016.021030
Adult and Continuing Education | Education | Military and Veterans Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Higher education, Adaptation, Psychological experiences, Social adjustment, Social identification, Social support, Students, Postsecondary education
Adaptation; Social adjustment; Postsecondary education
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Experiences of Veterans Transitioning to Postsecondary Education"" (2017). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 269.
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