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Social Work

Faculty Advisor

James Golden


Student veterans represent one of the fastest growing student populations in higher education and bring with them a unique array of experiences, expectations, and challenges. Student veterans are typically older, married, employed full-time, and may report feeling disconnected from the traditional college experience. In addition to any number of physical and/or mental health issues resultant of their military service, the transition from military to civilian life often leaves veterans with a sense of loss of status and identity. As a result, student veterans often report feeling socially isolated, negatively affecting retention and persistence in their degree programs. Though college campuses are making a concerted effort to assist veterans in achieving academic success, it is unclear how well those efforts are aligned with the challenges that veterans face in transitioning to civilian life on a college campus. This study will evaluate the services offered by Daemen College to address issues related to student veteran transition, adjustment, and integration.