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Veterans

Transitioning from the battlefield to classroom...

We are thankful for veterans and their service.

Our veterans have experienced and overcome many challenges during their military service. The skills, strength, and resilience developed during their service can help with many of the new challenges they will experience in the pursuit of higher education. Veterans can be extremely successful students. However, they may also experience different challenges than traditional college students, or experience the common challenges in a somewhat different way.

The EKU Counseling Center can help with these challenges. We offer free services to all currently enrolled EKU students.  To have an initial assessment, please call (859) 622-1303 or stop by the Whitlock Bldg., Room 571 to get more information. 

Another source of help is the Lexington Ky Vet Center. Several resources and locations are available to help combat Veterans from several eras. The Vet Call Center is an around the clock confidential call center where combat Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life.  Please call 1-877-WAR VETS (877-927-8387) for more information. 

We welcome our veterans home!

Crisis resources:

LIFELINE FOR VETS (National Veterans Foundation)
1-888-777-4443
Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 (Veterans press 1), text 838255, or chat online

Online resources:

EKU Military & Veterans Affairs: Information about benefits, help with forms
Vet Center:  Counseling for veterans and their families
Frontline - "The Soldier’s Heart": PBS documentary about PTSD among Iraq war veterans

Recommended reading for Iraq/Afghanistan veterans and supporters:

An Operators Manual for Combat PTSD: Essays for Coping by Ashley Hart The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family by Martha Raddatz
Courage After Fire: Coping Strategies for Troops Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families by Keith Armstrong Soft Spots: A Marine's Memoir of Combat and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder  by Clint Van Winkle
Haunted by Combat: Understanding PTSD in War Veterans Including Women, Reservists, and Those Coming Back from Iraq by Stanley Krippner and  Daryl Paulson
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