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Student Veteran Programs in the United States: Literature Review and Survey Findings
D'Amour, Cassidy 2016 Student Veteran Programs in the United States - Literature Review and Survey.pdf
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There is an increase in military veterans in the United States who are attending colleges and universities, especially as servicemen and women are returning from recent military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Military veterans transitioning back into civilian life and postsecondary education face unique challenges and have unique needs. Different campuses offer a variety of Veteran Administration and other student veteran-centered programs. This thesis examines the empirically supported college and university programs for veterans, what psychological and physical challenges student veterans may face, what the components of the best student veteran programs are, and what the needs are for additional program evaluation. Review of current literature, gathered information on ten of America’s Top Military-Friendly colleges according to BestColleges.com, and interviews with employees of student veteran programs show student veteran-specific financial, psychological, and career-related assistance programs are necessary to help veterans transition into postsecondary education.