Published August 31, 2021
Recent events surrounding American military operations in Afghanistan has no doubt impacted our military affiliated community.
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.
In reaction to current events in Afghanistan, Veterans, and other military affiliated students (dependents, spouses, reservists, and ROTC cadets) may:
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.
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.
Director, Veteran Services