A growing number of returning Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are resuming their civilian lives on Florida’s college campuses.
About 23,000 vets are using the GI bill to further their education, but many of those vets are finding they don’t have a lot in common with traditional college students.
Florida State University is one of a handful of campuses around the state to form a veterans support group.
Collegiate Veterans Association President Dan Rosenthal says they try to assist vets in reentering civilian life and dealing with their unique challenges.
“Military veterans are more likely to be married, they’re more likely to be older than your average college student, so now you’re adding the stress of bills, possible homeownership, possible kids, you put college on top of that and having to deal with all your prior military experiences, and that’s just, sometimes it’s too much for people.”
Only four of the state’s colleges and universities have formal support groups on campus for Iraq and Afghanistan vets: Florida State University, the University of Florida, Santa Fe Community College, and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
For more information, log onto www.collegiateveterans.org