Supporting Our Student Veterans

Veterans carry flag during Veterans Day Ceremony.

Published August 31, 2021

Recent events surrounding American military operations in Afghanistan has no doubt impacted our military affiliated community.

A Message from Director, Dan Ryan

Dear Student,

As we start the new semester, I would like to take this opportunity to provide some resources that you may find useful, as we work together to support each other in the wake of recent events.

Common Reactions

In reaction to current events in Afghanistan, Veterans, and other military affiliated students (dependents, spouses, reservists, and ROTC cadets) may:

  • Feel frustrated, sad, helpless, grief, or distressed
  • Feel angry or betrayed
  • Experience an increase in mental health symptoms such as PTSD, Depression, Anxiety
  • Sleep poorly, turn to drugs or alcohol for escape
  • Try to avoid all reminders or media or shy away from social situations
  • Have more military or homecoming memories returning
  • Become consumed with worry for the fate of those who may have helped them in their time overseas

Veterans may question the meaning of their service or whether it was worth the sacrifices they made. They may feel more moral distress about experiences they had during their service.

Feeling distress is a normal reaction to negative and traumatic events, especially ones that feel personal. It’s normal to feel this way, and we are here to help. I encourage each of you to talk with friends, family members or battle buddies.  Take advantage of mental health services on campus or in the community and spend some time in the Lucky Davis Lounge to connect with other students of a similar background who can relate to the struggles and sacrifices you face.

I understand you may not feel comfortable or ready to share your experiences in the context of a class discussion.  If you feel you need a break from class, excuse yourself and follow up with the instructor later, or I can follow up on your behalf. 

Resources for Veterans

Below are some additional resources that support military affiliated students:

Thank you for your service, and as always please reach out to me by email or at the cell phone above with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Daniel Ryan

Director, Veteran Services

For more services and opportunities like this:

University at Buffalo
321 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 829-5586