Well Being


The Department of Veterans Affairs says 61 percent of all men and 51 percent of all women will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives.

For two of those men, Indiana University Southeast students Logan Walsh and Richard Weaver, trauma they experienced while serving in Iraq has metastasized into post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. How they and others afflicted with PTSD deal with it is the subject of this article by Ethan Smith, a staff writer for The Horizon, Indiana University Southeast’s student newspaper.

Two Student Veterans Share PTSD Struggles

By Gary Rawlings

How does the VA scandal tie into the tools we need to measure quality in government or how new techniques can transform government at the local level? None of the tools or techniques for improvement means anything without human integrity. Somehow, the organizational culture at the VA went haywire, and bonuses became more important than the delivery of service.

By Kevin Barlow
The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.)

EL PASO — A 66-year-old Vietnam Army Veteran who walked more than 350 miles this summer is being credited with helping to raise more than $90,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project. The money will be used to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.

Ron Stephens, a former Illinois House Representative and independent pharmacist walked one mile for every $100 that was raised by Doc’s Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy, and Dale’s Southlake Pharmacy in Decatur. Those funds were matched by Cardinal Health Foundation, the charitable arm for Cardinal Health, which serves as the pharmaceutical distributor for both.

By Dr. Robert “Smitty” Smith
Faculty Member at American Military University

It is easy for our nation to go to war, as there seems to be few legal restraints that prevent our military from being deployed across the globe. Those of us who have served in the military understand that this reality is just part of the contract we signed up for—it is our duty. However, there is another part of this contract that hasn’t received the attention it deserves: That our nation will take care of us. Recent enrollment horror stories involving extremely long wait times, secret waiting lists, 30-year-old software programs, and unauthorized appointment scheduling at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) demonstrates that it’s easier to send us into harm’s way than it is to honor the commitment to care for us.

By Lydia Davey
Special to In Military Education –

Last year, I discovered it was easier to launch a business in one of the most expensive and competitive cities in the world than it was to find a job.

My story is not unique. The ranks of veteran entrepreneurs, or vetrepreneurs, have grown to 2.4 million. Each year, we generate $1.22 trillion in sales receipts. Veterans are nearly twice as likely as civilians to start our own companies. We’re also twice as likely to succeed.

Tiffany Kyall
Special Contributor,

As a military spouse, over the years I’ve learned ways to juggle my school and home life demands (a common trait amongst not only military spouses, but also servicemembers). Here are some tips that I found to be of use and may help you to become more successful in your education.

Kristen Obst, Ph.D., Program Director for Public Admin & Security Mgmt, APUS
Military life is hard, and we spouses have a big job in supporting our Soldiers/Sailors/Marines/Coasties/Airmen for years of deployments, training, and re-locations. But, that does not mean that we can’t set and achieve personal goals, including education goals.

by John D. Moore, LCPC, CADC, Professor of Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at American Public University
SAD is a recognized mental health condition by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association.  Many clinicians are familiar with the signs and symptoms of SAD and can help patients cope with and work through this seasonal pattern of depression.

by Craig Gilman
Faculty member at American Military University

June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. Recent focus has centered on our deserving veteran population due to the increasing number of veterans returning from often harrowing experiences in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. However, traumatic events, such as natural disasters, serious accidents, terrorist attacks, assault and childhood abuse and neglect can lead to PTSD in anyone in our own communities here at home.