Colleges Help Veterans Advance From Combat to Classroom

Colleges Help Veterans Advance From Combat to Classroom 1

Candice Towell

A tailgate party for veterans at the U. of Nevada at Reno: "The question they always get is, 'Have you killed anybody?,'" says an expert on the transition from combat to campus. "Being around people who don't make judgments about you … is important to veterans."

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Candice Towell

A tailgate party for veterans at the U. of Nevada at Reno: "The question they always get is, 'Have you killed anybody?,'" says an expert on the transition from combat to campus. "Being around people who don't make judgments about you … is important to veterans."

After 19 years in the U.S. Army, Steven W. Todd arrived at Western Michigan University with needs the average college freshman could hardly imagine.

The 41-year-old veteran has trouble concentrating because of a brain injury he suffered when he was struck by a ricocheted bullet during Operation Desert Storm. Mr. Todd, who has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, says he might not have survived the transition from soldier to student if not for the campus