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How Can Veterans Studies Courses Help With My Career?

Major General Mark Graham"Military veterans have unique identities, cultures, and challenges that influence theirreadjustment to civilian life, especially after experiencing war. There are hundreds of thousands of professionals in the government, private, and non-profit sectors working to understand veterans and assist to them in leading productive, healthy lives. The Veterans Studies Program at Eastern Kentucky University, a leading program designed to educate students about veterans’ identities, cultures, and experiences, is uniquely positioned to help bridge thegap between civilian and military cultures. The skills of any professional seeking to provide services to veterans would be enhanced by an education in Veterans Studies. Veterans themselves can learn from their experiences and explore them in Veterans Studies courses. The overall program promises to produce meaningful interactions between veterans and students each and every semester. My hope is Eastern Kentucky University invests in this promising program in order to grow and transform the lives of military veterans across the nation."

Mark A. Graham, Major General, U.S. Army (Retired) 

Executive Director, Vets4Warriors, 855-838-8255,

In nearly every work environment, you will interact with veterans as supervisors, co-workers, and/or clients. Your Veteran Studies Minor will make your application more appealing to employers.

Jobs in the medical field may include providing a variety of services to veterans. Jobs in broadcasting, media, and other journalism fields may include interviewing veterans and covering veteran/military issues.

Jobs in the "helping professions," such as criminal justice, corrections, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, and social work, include providing physical and mental services to veterans and their families.

Jobs in education include helping veteran students and veterans' families negotiate the special challenges faced during active service, deployments, and relocations.

Jobs within the non-profit sector include multiple opportunities to work directly with veterans and for veteran issues (e.g., Honor Flight Network, Fisher House Foundation).

Jobs in the field of law or politics require an understanding of veteran issues and the role of the military in U.S. policy and diplomacy.

Jobs in business management and supervision require an understanding of unique skill sets acquired by veterans during their military education and service.

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