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Staying the Course: Strategies for Australian Student Veterans in Transition

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posted on 2022-12-14, 22:18 authored by Ben Wadham, Lisa AndrewarthaLisa Andrewartha, Melanie Takarangi, Andrew Harvey, Brad West, Matthew Wyatt-Smith, Jodie Davis, Ella Moeck

The transition from military to civilian life is often challenging for veterans. International research shows higher education to be an important pathway that can help veterans navigate this change and improve their psycho-social wellbeing and career prospects. In this article, we examine how student veterans are being recognised and supported in the Australian higher education context. Our research finds the range of governmental and institutional support for student veterans to be limited, and in contrast to nations such as the United States. Nevertheless, we find recent examples of veteran-specific pathways and programs, and a growing momentum for change among university staff. Along with clear opportunities for the expansion and coordination of existing support, we highlight the need for a national framework that recognises higher education as an option for all those who have served in defence of the nation. We argue that supporting veterans is not only an equity issue, but also a matter of recognising how the skills and experience gained in the military make veterans valued members of the university community. 

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Publication Date

2022-12-01

Journal

Journal of Veterans Studies

Volume

8

Issue

3

Pagination

(p. 208-221)

Publisher

Virginia Tech Publishing

ISSN

2470-4768

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© 2022 The Author(s). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

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