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Resiliency: Supporting Student Veterans

This LibGuide provides materials about supporting students who are in the military or other first responders.

How to use this LibGuide

This LibGuide features materials related to student Veterans. Please see below for instructions on how to navigate this guide:

  • To the left, you will find your main menu, which includes three sections: ProQuest Materials / NC Live Materials / Additional Resources
  • You will find many materials about each topic on their subject page. Each item will have a link that will take you to NC Live or ProQuest.
  • To access the ProQuest Materials, you can either:
    • Type in the e-ISBN in the search bar on your university library's webpage OR
    • Click the title to follow the link directly to the ProQuest Webpage for this item. Use your university single sign on credentials to access the materials.
  • To access Additional Resources:
    • Click on the title/name of the item to load it
  • To Access the NC Live Materials:
    • Go directly to the NC Live website and enter the information on the search bar OR
    • Click the title to follow the link directly to the NC Live Webpage for this item. NC Live will ask you the name of your institution through a drop-down menu. Scroll through the menu until you locate the name of your library. Select the name of your library to to log into NC Live. 

Defining Military and First Responders

To understand how to serve student veterans in higher education, it is vital to understand the following terms (Department of Defense Financial Management Regulation, 1999; National Center for PTSD, 2012; South Dakota State University, n.d.)

  • Active Duty - is a person who is in the military full-time; they work for the military full-time, may reside on a military base, and can be deployed at any time.
  • Armed Forces of the United States - includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, and all components thereof
  • The Reserve - each branch of the military has a Reserve component and the Reserve are under command of their respective military branch. The purpose of the Reserve is to provide and maintain trained units and qualified persons to be available for active duty in the armed forces when needed.
  • National Guard - consists of the Army National Guard and the Air Force's Air National Guard. While federally funded, the National Guard is organized and controlled by state. However, in times of war, the National Guard can become federalized and deployed. 
  • Student Veteran - is any student who is a current or former member of the active-duty military, the National Guard, or Reserves, regardless of deployment status, combat experience, legal veteran status, or GI Bill use.
  • VA - stands for the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration

Statistics (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2023):

  • only 15% of student Veterans are the traditional age of college students, most are between the ages of 24 to 40
  • 47% of student Veterans have children
  • 47.3% of student Veterans are married
  • 62% of student Veterans are first-generation college students
  • 75% of student Veterans attend school full-time
  • Of Veterans who began using VA education benefits in 2017, 52% were enrolled in an undergraduate program, 24% in a two-year school, 9% in a graduate program, and 15% in a vocational, technical, or nondegree seeking program

National Center for PTSD. (2012). Active duty vs. reserve or national guard.

Department of Defense Financial Management Regulation. (1999). Definitions.

U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2023). Learn about student veterans.

South Dakota State University. (n.d.). Working with student veterans.


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