Eastern Standard Interview: June 23, 2023

A new book is coming in late July from Eastern Kentucky University professor Travis Martin, an Iraq War veteran who founded the nation’s first Veterans Studies program at EKU. “War & Homecoming: Veteran Identity and the Post-9/11 Generation” explores ways a new generation of veterans is redefining what it means to come home. Continue reading

Discussing the Field of Veterans Studies on Veterans Radio

Recently, I was honored to be a guest on Veterans Radio, a broadcast media platform that has been educating the public on veterans issues for nearly two decades. Dr. Eric Fretz, a Faculty Lecturer at the University of Michigan, discusses the Journal … Continue reading

Veterans Studies Students Set Sights on Careers in Mental Health

WEKU’s Corinne Boyer interviewed Veterans Studies students Samuel Lewis, Amber Woolery, and Kendra Watts to learn how our curricular and co-curricular offerings prepare students in fields such as social work and psychology to serve veterans and their families as future mental health practitioners. She … Continue reading

Veterans Day After Afghanistan

If my students do not know about the National Roll Call, veteran suicides, or how Vietnam Veterans were treated it is because the generation tasked with teaching them these things failed. Many young people are looking for ways to listen to veterans and help them in meaningful ways. They aren’t looking to distribute platitudes. They are looking to build authentic relationships, and it is our job to provide them with the knowledge and opportunity they need to succeed. Continue reading

Dr. David Albright on “Building Resilience and Finding Balance”

Dr. Albright showed how self-awareness and self-care can shape all of life’s major transitions. The lecture helped my students see how the veteran’s transition from warrior to civilian can teach them about transitioning to life in college. It helped them see how these lessons could teach them about the transitions awaiting them after college. Learning to see past stereotypes and recognize veterans as models of human resilience is one reason why I advocate for the growing field of Veterans Studies. Continue reading