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  1. Veterans on Campus: Are You Ready? Thursday, May 20, 2010 2-3:30 PM ET

  2. Resource Team • Steve Frantz, Ed.D.Office of the Chancellor, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities: 651-201-1657OR steve.frantz@so.mnscu.edu • Don Pfeffer, M.A.,Higher Education Veterans Program: Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs 218-855-8148 OR dpfeffer@clcmn.edu

  3. Shared Goals • Service member and family transitions • Services colleges/universities can offer • Veteran friendly campus policies • Safe and welcoming campuses • Transition from school to career

  4. MinnesotaStateColleges& Universities

  5. Minnesota Higher Education Veterans Program Regional Coordinators

  6. National Military Demographics • Ethnic minorities make up 24% of the Air Force and 40% of the Army • About 16% of the Active Duty Armed Forces members are women • About 50% of military members are married – 11% married to another Photo: MN National Guard

  7. By the Numbers • Total Deployed (Federal Title 10) between 9-11-01 and 6-30-09 (Potentially eligible for Chapter 33—Post 9-11 GI Bill): 1.96 million • Currently Deployed Worldwide: 260,208 • Each person impacts at least 60 other people • 79.8% of MN National Guard members (1/34 BCT) planned to enroll in college

  8. Returning Home 43% Percentage of combat veterans reporting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or anxiety 90 to 120 days after returning from war. Marine Reserves Army National Guard 31% Army Marines Source: Dept of Defense Task Force on Mental Health report, June 2007

  9. Coming home to an active duty base

  10. Reliance of Guard/Reserve Forces for Deployments Percent currently deployed by type of service (June ’09) Source: http://dva.state.wi.us/WebForms/Data_Factsheets/ResDistribution_Jun09.pdf

  11. Fort Minnesota Grand Portage National Monument

  12. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Partners

  13. Stages Faced by Military Members, Their Families and Communities

  14. From Citizento WarriorPre-Deployment and Deployment In training for 6 months and Then living with combat for 12 months, Individuals move . . . . . . From TO SECURITY INSECURITY SAFETYDANGER ORDER CHAOS LAW LAWLESSNESS COMFORT DISCOMFORT TRUST MISTRUST COOPERATION SURVIVAL ‘US’‘ME’

  15. Deployment Affects Everyone Soldier Family Workplace Community Photos: MN National Guard

  16. Re-occurring grief Constant fear/concern Increased responsibilities Anger/Resentment Increased difficulties: Lack of focus Change in priorities “Short Fuse” Deployment: Family

  17. Photo: MN National Guard Deployment: Service Member Insecurity Danger Chaos Lawlessness Mistrust Survival

  18. Returning Home:"Warrior to Citizen" TOFROM SECURITY INSECURITY SAFETYDANGER ORDER CHAOS LAW LAWLESSNESS COMFORT DISCOMFORT TRUST MISTRUST COOPERATION SURVIVAL ‘US’‘ME’

  19. Returning Home Affects Everyone What readjustment issues might they face? Photo: Sgt. Lynette Hoke, MN National Guard Public Affairs

  20. Returning Home: Family Members Control Issues • Household Management • Parenting • Budgeting Relationship Issues • Living with a “Stranger” • Inability to Work/Attend College • How does everyone “Fit In” “Self Worth” Issues Emotional/Physical Health Issues • Anger issues • Guilt • Financial Issues

  21. Questions

  22. Framework for providing services • Student development theory • Culture shock • Re-adjustment issues • Trauma adjustment Photo: North Dakota National Guard

  23. Critical Challenges: Military Member • Redefine self • Overcome alienation from family and society • Move from simplicity to complexity • Replace war with another high • Move beyond war and find meaning in life • Come to peace w/self, spirituality and others How does this affect attending college?

  24. Why Family Members Struggle in College Lack of personal support Too many “things” to keep going “Unfriendly” policies and procedures Lack of Funds/Benefits slow to arrive Overwhelmed – too much responsibility

  25. Why Family Members Struggle in College Not enough time “Others don’t understand” No time to focus on studies “Surviving” has a higher priority

  26. Why Veterans struggle in College Do not feel welcome Overwhelmed – need to get away Too many time conflicts “Civilians don’t understand me” Lack of transfer credit

  27. Why Veterans struggle in College Want to be with others who speak “my language” Lack of personal support Too much “Confusion” “Unfriendly” policies and procedures Lack of Funds/Benefits slow to arrive

  28. Unique Mental Health and Academic Needs Photo: Michigan National Guard In a classroom setting, the following are some items faculty may observe: • Veterans may sit next to door • Loud noises can be disturbing to them • Unusual items may cause anxiety-backpacks, crumpled bags, etc. • Hyper vigilance

  29. Unique Mental Health and Academic Needs Just as you would with any other student, if you are concerned about an individual it is important to refer them to campus resources. Veterans might show symptoms of: • Depression • Anxiety • Readjustment & relationship issues • High risk behaviors - chemical & substance abuse, etc. • An increased risk of suicidal tendencies • Stress reactions Photo: Michigan National Guard

  30. Veterans Re-Entry Education Program • Goal 4: Understand the mental, physical and behavioral health needs of students who are veterans • http://www.bhs.umn.edu/healthdata/results/index.htm Partial funding provided by a 2008 congressionally-directed grant award, P116Z080299. The contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education nor imply endorsement by the federal government.

  31. Health and Health Related Behaviors: College Student Health Survey 2008 9 Minnesota State colleges and universities 7 State college campuses 2 State universities 1293 veterans invited; 522 responded 40.4% vets response; 2009 • 15 Minnesota colleges and universities • 11 State college campuses • 5 State universities • 2 Private colleges • 1 U of M campus • 1901 veterans invited; 813 responded • 42.8% vets response; Partial funding provided by a 2008 congressionally-directed grant award, P116Z080299. The contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education nor imply endorsement by the federal government.

  32. 2008 Health Insurance Status–Uninsured Veterans and All Students by Age Group * Insufficient data for veterans

  33. 2009 Health Insurance Status--Uninsured

  34. 2008 Current Tobacco Use Veterans and All Students by Gender

  35. . 2009 Current Tobacco UseVeterans and All Students by Gender *Statistically significant.

  36. 2008 High-Risk Drinking Veterans and All Students by Gender

  37. 2009 High-Risk DrinkingVeterans and All Students by Gender *Statistically significant.

  38. 2009 Marijuana Use—Past 12 MonthsVeterans and All Students by Gender

  39. Diagnosis of Any Mental Health Condition —Past 12 Months Veterans and All Students by Gender

  40. Diagnosed Mental Health Condition—Past 12 Months Veterans by Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom Service Status and Gender Diagnosed With Panic Attacks Within Past 12 Months Diagnosed With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Within Past 12 Months

  41. Diagnosis of Any Mental Health Condition—Past 12 MonthsVeterans and All Students by Gender

  42. Depression Diagnosis—Past 12 Months Veterans and All Students by Gender

  43. 2009 Depression Diagnosis—Past 12 MonthsVeterans and All Students by Gender

  44. Sexual Assault—Past-12 months Veterans and All Students by Gender

  45. Physical Fight—Past 12 Months Veterans and All Students by Gender

  46. Physical Fight—Past 12 MonthsVeterans and All Students by Gender

  47. Domestic Violence—Past 12 Months Veterans and All Students by Gender

  48. On campus…Who are our Veterans? • Older students* • More males* • More likely to have families* • Previous post-secondary education • Often have leadership experience • Often have several deployments • Similar diversity* • Similar GPA’s* *College Student Health Survey

  49. Questions

  50. Talk to the veteran if you notice….. Isolating behaviors Excessive irritability Inability to relate to peers & develop friendships Excessive absences Withdrawn behaviors Depressive behaviors & comments Hyper vigilance & anxiety Resentment Lack of focus Self-esteem & self-worth issues Photo: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Center for Teaching and Learning