Advising Veteran Students. Steve Johnson Academic Advisor/Instructor/Veteran Linda Skabelund Math/Statistics Academic Advisor Utah State University (USU) Logan, UT Steve.Johnson@usu.edu Linda.Skabelund@usu.edu 2011 NACADA National Conference. Objectives.
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Advising Veteran Students
Math/Statistics Academic Advisor
Utah State University (USU)
2011 NACADA National Conference
Opportunities Advising Student Veterans
Why Work with Veterans
Who Are We Talking About?
What is it like to be deployed?
combatant death 13%
* TBI and PTSD are not veteran-specific injuries. Conflicts overseas have pushed these invisible injuries into the spotlight
1.86+ Million deployed since 9/11
- 288,952+ veterans on US campuses
Where current veterans attend:
(Top institution: U of Phoenix – online)
GI Bill Monthly Comparisons
Post 9/11 GI Bill Percentage Payout Information
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Brief Video Clip
(+50% of us go thru some type of trauma)
-Damage occurs without impact to the head
TBI & PTSD Cognitive Difficulties
• Attention and concentration difficulties
• Information processing challenges
• Learning and memory deficits
• Sluggish abstract reasoning
• Slowed execution functions
-Problem solving, sequencing
More than twice as likely to commit suicide than non-vets
18.7 to 20.8 per 100,000 compared to 8.9 for non-vets.
Substance abuse issues
Prior psychiatric hospitalization
Firearms may be more readily available
Utah State University
Job Market Advantages
At Large Accommodations
Advisor Crisis Intervention Tips
Have a response for dealing effectively with the Veteran student
Veterans may take a full load for financial reasons and to make up time
Courses To Recommend
Other Useful Websites
The only thing harder than being a Soldier..