Honored to be a guest on Veterans Radio today. Special thanks to host Eric Fretz and fellow guests Jim Craig (U of Missouri – St. Louis), Dr. Ernest McClees Jr. (Saint Leo U), and Bruce Pencek (Virginia Tech). This is a great episode if you want to learn about how programs in Veterans Studies are beginning to emerge naturally at different schools across the country.
For some perspective, the first Women’s Studies program was founded in 1969. Ubiquity among Veterans Studies academic programs is on the horizon!
Travis L. Martin, PhD, is founding director of the Kentucky Center for Veterans Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. He has established several nationally recognized programs to support returning veterans in higher education and the non-profit sector. A scholar of American literature, psychoanalytic trauma theory, and social theory, Dr. Martin presents frequently at conferences and universities. He has published dozens of research articles and creative short works on veterans’ issues. A former sergeant in the U.S. Army, he served during two deployments in the Iraq War (2003-04 & 2005). His book War and Homecoming: Veteran Identity and the Post-9/11 Generation was published with the University Press of Kentucky in 2022. He resides in Richmond, KY.