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ERIC Number: EJ985413
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep-17
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Colleges Venture Off Campus to Bridge Military-Civilian Divide
Sander, Libby
Chronicle of Higher Education, Sep 2012
The nation's veteran population is expected to swell by a million or more in coming years as the military winds down more than a decade of conflicts. How veterans adjust to life out of uniform has become the subject of heightened scrutiny in the military community and beyond. As today's returning service members confront a stagnant economy--and a society in which so few Americans share their military experience--colleges' role in shaping many vets' transition to civilian life is expanding. It now extends to veterans who may never set foot in a classroom. Employers are sometimes unaware of how military training can translate to the civilian workplace. And with many Americans unacquainted with military life, stereotypes of vets tend to occupy the extremes: They are either heroes or head cases. With those concerns in mind, a growing number of colleges and affiliated groups are venturing beyond campus borders to try to bridge the military-civilian gap. Higher education, say scholars and advocates involved in such work, has pivotal civic and research roles to play in deepening people's familiarity with the veteran population. The key seems to be collaboration. Collaboration between higher ed and outside groups mirrors similar attempts on the national stage to raise awareness of veterans' issues. Among them are Joining Forces, a campaign started by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden to drum up civilian support; Hiring Our Heroes, run by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and Got Your 6, an effort led by the entertainment industry; its name is military slang for "I've got your back." The author describes how the leaders of partnerships formed to help improve veterans' lives see the work as central to the mission of higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States