Many Veterans of the post-9/11 conflicts confront obstacles in their return to civilian life. Family reorganization will challenge veterans and their loved ones, many will experience a lost sense of mission and purpose, and a significant number will return with emotional illness and a concurrent reluctance to seek help. Sadly, more often than not, help will not be readily accessible. William James College is uniquely positioned to make a difference in the lives of these men and women.
“As a veteran, I am able to reflect on my personal experience, incorporate it into my learning and bring a unique perspective to the classroom.”
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran & William James College Clinical PsyD Student
Studies show that more than 1/3 of the 1.6 million U.S. veterans of war experience PTSD, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and traumatic brain injuries. With active conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, these numbers continue to escalate. Mental health support and resources are critical to the personal and professional readjustment of our military and their families. Some of the best resources will be mental health professionals who have combat experience and know first hand the pressures of service and reentry.
“Unfortunately, there is a stigma in the military about seeking help. You’re supposed to be able to handle it, but obviously not everybody can. There is a need, and the military is starting to focus more on it, by getting more training on suicide prevention, PTSD and other psychological issues. For some soldiers, the only real pain they feel is psychological. There is no bodily injury. If you can heal that pain by working with someone who understands the environment you’ve been in and may even have experienced the same things, the outcome should be more successful. It benefits the military to keep people in after they have been professionally trained to address the mental health issues specific to this population. For me, it is a way to give back and meet a need.”
U.S. Army Veteran & William James College Counseling MA Student
William James College is building a program to Train Vets to Treat Vets®. Our Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Program will raise matching funds to supplement those provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill. These robust scholarship opportunities will further encourage the “culture keepers” of the military to Meet the Need and Make a Difference for their service colleagues.
We are pleased and proud to welcome Sen. John Kerry as the Honorary Chair of this campaign.
For more information about eligibility for the VA's Yellow Ribbon Program, please click here.
Greg Matos, 2nd year Clinical PsyD student, and Sam Newland, Organizational Psychology MA student, speak with students and staff about their experiences as soldiers during recent tours of duty. Prior to this discussion the veteran students distributed ‘MRE’s, Meals Ready to Eat’ to students and staff as a way of experiencing a piece of military culture through food.
With the help of many, we can serve those who serve us.
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