by LTC(R) Carl J. Bradshaw
History Instructor, American Military University

When I joined the military in 1981 and entered active duty in the U.S. Army in 1985 as a military intelligence officer, I had no idea if I would ever deploy to combat. I was studying at the National Intelligence University in August 1990 when Saddam Hussein decided to test the will of the world by invading Kuwait. I would find myself landing in Saudi Arabia on Christmas Day with the 1st Armored Division (1AD) less than five months later.

Bradley Hood
Contributor, In Military Education

When I first began courses at Rutgers University as a traditional student, I had no idea that in only a year I would enlist into the Marine Corps, and that I would eventually transfer to American Military University. In my mind, college was going to entail many long days of tedious classroom hours, and end after four years with an overly dramatic ceremony in black robes. It was easy for me to see – I only had a few more years before I would step onto the stage, shake some old dean’s hand, and I would be done with it.

Bradley Hood
Contributor, In Military Education

For many students, college represents a final educational obstacle to a job and the ‘real world’. For many veterans, however, college is a different thing altogether. Veteran students come back to school with a great deal of experience and a particular outlook on life imbued by years of military service and deployments.

by Gordon Block, Watertown Daily Times, NY
special to In Military Educaiton

A high school graduation held off for nearly eight decades took place Monday in the living room of a 97-year-old World War II veteran and Watertown native.

“I’m amazed … I never in God’s world expected to be getting this,” said Frederick L. Gray. “I’m just dumbfounded by the thoughtfulness.”

by Richard Degener, The Press of Atlantic City
special to In Military Education

Gov. Chris Christie was warmly received here on Thursday at the American Legion convention and then announced several new initiatives to help veterans.

Christie, who has used the annual convention here in the past to outline his plans to help veterans and their families, said he will seek legislation making it easier for military spouses who are teachers to get jobs in New Jersey and will try to expand job preference for veterans under Civil Service.

by Luke Hammill, The Buffalo News
special to In Military Education

The numbers aren’t pretty: On average, an American military veteran commits suicide every 65 minutes, which totals 22 per day, according to a study released earlier this year by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Department of Defense is trying to reduce that rate and help returning veterans readjust to civilian life.

The Associated Press
Special to In Military Education

McDonnell to address Virginia employers intent on learning how to hire veterans

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Employers who have an interest in hiring the men and women who served their country can learn how to achieve that goal at a conference scheduled in Richmond.

Daily News, Bowling Green, Ky.
Special to In Military Education

Transitioning from military life to civilian life, especially for those who have served in combat, has to be difficult, but it is good to know that there are people and businesses out there willing to make this change smoother.

One such business is Walmart.

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.