Nyasha Boldon [Researcher]; Chris Beeler [Researcher]; Chong Li [Researcher]; Zhan Gao [Researcher]; Alex Falevich [Researcher]; Paroma Nandi [Researcher]; Jaclyn Petruzzelli [Researcher]


The report prioritizes an evidence-based approach through targeted surveys, interviews, and focus groups and centers the perspectives of recent servicemembers (active-duty, reserves, National Guard, veterans, and their families) in its analyses. Research findings are based on multi-method studies of servicemembers in their multiple roles: as warfighters, civilians, students, professionals, employees, and family members, among others. Research results are designed to elevate the public, academic, and policy discourse on Post- 9/11 servicemembers, to inform recommendations to improve post-service transition, and to form the foundation for a second study on best strategies for servicemembers in higher education and civilian careers.

Document Type



Social and Behavioral Sciences


64 pages




Veterans’ transition, Higher education


Education (Higher); Veterans


Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University






The commitment and support provided by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University have made this research possible. We wish to thank J. Michael Haynie, James Schmeling, James McDonough, and Nicholas Armstrong. We are also indebted to the team at the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT): William Banks, Robert Murrett, and David Crane. Last and by no means least, we wish to thank our longstanding research partner in these endeavors, Laura J. Steinberg of SU’s College of Engineering & Computer Science. The research team also benefted enormously from the hard work of the many graduate research assistants who worked on this initiative: Nyasha Boldon (Maxwell Ph.D. student in Sociology, SUNY - Albany School of Public Health), Chris Beeler (College of Law), Chong Li (Maxwell Ph.D. in Economics), Zhan Gao (senior, College of Engineering & Computer Science), Alex Falevich (Maxwell Ph.D. candidate in Economics), Paroma Nandi (Maxwell M.P.A), and Jaclyn Petruzzelli (Maxwell Ph.D. student in Public Administration). We also wish to thank Gary Shaheen, Ph.D. student in social sciences, Maxwell, and Peg Stearns, SU Veterans Resource Center, for their assistance on the project. We also would like to thank Chris Cate (SVA) and Curtis L. Coy (Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity, Veterans Benefts Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs). Most of all, we dedicate this work to all those engaged in public and national service, all members of the U.S. armed forces and their families, and those who have committed to work in their respective capacities in the service of the public interest.

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