Date of Paper

5-2014

Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Colin Hollidge, PhD, LICSW

Second Advisor

Terry Lynn Eggert

Department/School

Social Work

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify if institutions of higher learning were able to address the psychosocial needs of veteran students upon reintegration. This quantitative study asked the University of St. Thomas’s (UST) students to take part in an exploratory survey. Data was collected by sending out an anonymous survey via email where respondents (N=37) were requested to answer 11 questions in regards to their experience at UST and reintegrating into an institution of higher learning after military involvement. Findings showed veteran students attending UST feel their expectations have been met in an institution for higher learning. The findings also show that obstacles were experienced in adapting to life as a non-traditional college student making reintegrating a challenge. The results of this study report that institutions of higher learning, primarily UST, have the ability to assist their veteran students in beneficial ways. Also, this study identified that veteran students do need assistance in adjusting to civilian life, balancing subsystems (military, family, school subsystems), as well as succeeding in school. Veteran students at UST have identified skills the military has taught them to help them succeed even when an obstacle is present. This research highlights the needs veteran students at UST have but also highlights that they are still succeeding and moving forward while still struggling with reintegration obstacles.

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