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Resiliency: Supporting Student Veterans

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

An Instructor's Guide to the Veteran Student | Michael Wade | TEDxUniversityofMississippi

Everyday veterans return home from service. Regardless of their length of service, branch, rank, or combat experience, many will return to the classroom, seeking education. With only 7% of the American population classified as veterans and less than 1% currently serving in uniform, the culture, perspectives, and talents of this group of people are often misunderstood, misrepresented, or altogether missed. As a veteran working in higher education, Michael Wade helps us take a closer look at the needs of veterans entering higher education.

TEDx Talks. (2021, April 28). An instructor's guide to the veteran student | Michael Wade | TEDxUniversityofMississippi [Video]. YouTube.

PTSD and Returning to the Classroom | Thomas Burke Jr. | TEDxYale

One of the best ways for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan to reintegrate into society is by returning to the classroom. This talk will show one infantry Marine's journey from the depths of wars to the walls of academia. The idea of working with veterans in the safe environment of a classroom and structure of university life is an idea worth sharing. 

TEDx Talks. (2015, October 12). PTSD and returning to the classroom | Thomas Burke Jr. | TEDxYale [Video]. YouTube.

Student Veterans Transitioning from Military to Higher Education

Student Veterans share their stories about their struggles with accessing their education benefits, dealing with Veterans Affairs, as well as the success and camaraderie they found in pursuing higher education. 

Veterans Education Project. (2019, March 5). Student veterans transitioning from military to higher education [Video].

Vets Get Real about going to college | VGR Ep 10

WATM hosted groups of veterans to answer several questions about their time in the military. The vets kept it real when responding to topics ranging from relationships to recruiters. In this episode, our group of veterans talks about their experiences going to college after serving in the military. 

We Are The Mighty. (2016, May 28). Vets get real about going to college | VGR Ep 10 [Video].

Improving Veteran Transition | Michael A. Thomas | TEDxRiverOaks

Drawing from his own experience coming out of military life - which included undiagnosed PTSD - Michael offers suggestions to better support those transitioning to "live outside the wire" or returning to civilian life. Michael Thomas is a 9-11 first responder and US Army Veteran that has set his sights on changing the landscape for transitioning Veterans and their families. This mission is realized by the creation of the organization Operation Meraki whose mission is restoring the dignity and quality of life for transitioning Veterans, by helping them tell their stories and mentoring them towards success. 

TEDx Talks. (2022, January 20). Improving veteran Transition | Michael A. Thomas | TEDxRiverOaks [Video]. YouTube.