Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

2019

Department

Social Work

Faculty Advisor

James Golden

Abstract

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.

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