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Picture1The problem with just telling Veterans ‘thank you for your service’

Courier Journal

“And, by design, to be a veteran is to exist both as a real person and a symbol of something much larger.”…  Available here.

Picture1“In this chaotic year, here’s how you can still honor a veteran this Veterans Day”

Lexington Herald Leader

A call for genuine interactions with veterans as a way of thanking them for their service on Veterans Day. Co-authored by Peter Berres.  Available here.

ALD“Mastering the Unspoken Curriculum”

Flame Magazine

Advice for leaders of student organizations about how to delegate responsibilities and develop new leaders. Available here.

EKU Logo“Prestigious Honors Society Recognizes Hard-Working Freshmen”

EKU Stories

Congratulations to Eastern Kentucky University’s 2019 inductees into the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society! Available here.

“Finding Common Ground: Vets and Non-Vets Collaborate on Campus”

Veterans of Foreign Wars Magazine

This piece for VFW Magazine showcases some curriculum and includes interviews from both veteran and non-veteran students enrolled in Veterans Studies courses at Eastern Kentucky University. Available here.

Veterans and the Arts as Healing Interventions”

Combat Stress Magazine

This article explores veterans’ therapeutic creative arts communities. Co-authored by Dr. Christiane C. O’Hara. Available here.

“What’s So Special About Today’s Veterans? The Public Way In Which They’re Healing”

Zócalo Public Square

“Veterans are changing America by embracing a form of healing that just so happens to send a message, ‘No matter how rich or powerful a country becomes, sending young men and women to war will never be without consequence.'” Available here.

“The Journal of Military Experience”

Purple Heart Magazine

An article about the founding of The Journal of Military Experience at Eastern Kentucky University. Available here.


“Veterans Studies as an Academic Discipline”

Self-published rant about Veterans Studies that people seemed to like. Available here.

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.