Student service members/veterans’ mental health on campus

Risk and resources

Authored by: Dan Nyaronga

The Routledge International Handbook of Military Psychology and Mental Health

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  December  2019

Print ISBN: 9780367237066
eBook ISBN: 9780429281266
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Enrolling in post-secondary education is ubiquitous among military service members returning from combat deployments. Of nearly two million veterans returning from overseas after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, approximately half a million veterans, military reserves, and active-duty soldiers have made use of the educational benefits they receive from the military in an effort to develop a meaningful career and financial stability. However, mental health concerns, including symptoms and risk factors, are widespread on college campuses, especially among war veterans. Research has documented significant risks for psychological symptoms among student veterans following military service and exposure to combat. The purpose of this review is to highlight unique mental health challenges of student service members/veterans (SSM/Vs) on college campuses and a comprehensive list of mental health services and accommodating college or university environments that facilitate SSM/Vs’ retention and improved academic performance.

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