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Ryden Ishida

Transition from battlefield to classroom proves difficult

Vets come to college in droves, but some find it hard to leave the military behind. They often miss the camaraderie of the service, feel alienated from their classmates and struggle to find a purpose on campus.

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Valerie Verra

Local universities scramble to support student vets

D.C.-area universities create veteran offices for troops-turned-students at a record speed after the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Video games provide a safe haven

Many veterans play video games to manage stress upon returning home, even if they find many games unrealistic. The U.S. military is also beginning to use video games to train soldiers before their service and provide therapy for psychological and physical injuries.

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From yoga to hiking, ways to heal

The popularity of alternative therapies to address war-related anxiety – including post-traumatic stress disorder – is rising as vets seek a mix of exercise therapy, yoga and mindfulness to alleviate stress.

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Debate over student veteran graduation rate rages on

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, along with Student Veterans of America and the National Student Clearinghouse, are currently conducting a comprehensive study to determine graduation rates for veterans. Their research follows an earlier, disputed study claiming that 88 percent of veterans drop out of college.

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AUDIO: Veterans turn to college after service – but how many graduate?

A comprehensive study to be completed this year on veterans’ graduation rates could have a big impact on the future of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, legislation that subsidizes soldiers’ college education. Right now, there’s little credible data on the number of vets matriculating.

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Jessica Giusti

On dating civilians, ‘two really different worlds’

Some veterans seek counseling upon their return to the states to help resolve communication issues with loved ones. Veterans often report that the civilians they date simply don’t understand their military-service experiences.

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Faith, community help heal battle scars

A Pew study shows that the transition to civilian life is easier for vets who regularly attend religious services. Some veterans say religion helps them find the community they need to readjust to civilian life.

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Obama earns most veteran support from younger set

Obama’s top political advisers, including David Axelrod, tout the president as a champion of young veterans. But polling data and expert analysis suggest a complex relationship between Obama and vets, including the younger set whose demographics more closely resemble president’s political coalition.

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Susanne Rossingol

Do female veterans face special challenges as they return to civilian life?

Although some women say their journey through the military and their transitions home were difficult because of their gender, others have had different experiences.

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This project, produced by journalism students at American University, explores the experiences of young veterans as they transition from soldiers to citizens.

Word Clouds From Veteran Survey


What did you miss the most about home?
What did you miss2


Why did you enlist?
Why did you enlist in the military.


From soldier to civilian - what problems did you face?
Challenge of transitioning to civilian life


What difficulties did you face upon returning to college?
Difficulties on returning to college

Word Cloud From Non-Veteran Survey

What challenges do vets face coming home? Non-vets

Top 5 questions veterans told ‘Half the Battle’ they hate being asked:

- Did you kill anyone?
- Do you have PTSD?
- Did you see anybody die?

- Did you get shot at?

- Was it hot?



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