Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

College Students Research Transition of Military Veterans

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

College Students Research Transition of Military Veterans

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OWENSBORO, Ky. - A couple of college students in Western Kentucky are conducting a research project to try to gain a better understanding of how veterans readjust to civilian life. Primary researcher Robert Brooks told the Messenger-Inquirer he is interviewing honorably discharged veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan to gain some perspective on the issue.

"We want to assess the transition from military to civilian life," said Brooks, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and psychology major who will be entering his senior year. "Why is it that some people have an easier time than others?"

Brooks said his main goal in conducting the study is to find out how the military can help soldiers readjust better.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, male veterans ages 18 to 24 showed an unemployment rate of 29.1 percent last year, which was 11 points higher than nonveterans in the same age group.

Air Force veteran Jon Higdon, who graduated from the school in May, and psychology professor Mike Fagan are helping Brooks collect the data he needs.

Higdon, who deployed three times during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, said he got involved in the project because it is something he can relate to. …

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