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Returning to School for Service Members and Veterans

Getting Started

You’ve made the big decision to go back to school — now where do you start? You’ve got many more decisions ahead of you, from picking the right school and courses to completing the application forms. This section of BrainLine Military’s “Returning to School” feature will help you take those first steps on your journey back to school, including providing you with some tips from other veterans with TBI who have made the same journey.

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Factors to Consider When Choosing a School

Factors to Consider When Choosing a School

Using your GI Bill benefits successfully means more than just filling out a few forms. Make informed decisions with this useful information.

Tips for Transitioning Back to Academia After a Brain Injury

Tips for Transitioning Back to Academia After a Brain Injury

For Kelli Gary, PhD, one of the hardest lessons she learned was that she had accept the slow process of rebuilding her skills after brain injury in order to ultimately succeed at college.

Returning to School: Key Information and Resources

Returning to School: Key Information and Resources

Here are some valuable resources that can help veterans with TBI get started as they transition from military to student life.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill at a Glance

The Post-9/11 GI Bill at a Glance

The post-9/11 GI Bill in a nutshell — who qualifies and what the benefits are.

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The Dog Tag Story

The Dog Tag Story

Two injured vets—Marine Cpl. Lalo Panyagua and Army Sgt. Josh Tredinnick—explain how the non-profit Dog Tag Bakery has helped them learn about business and get ready for a new career.

Ten Ways to Make College More Friendly to Veterans

Ten Ways to Make College More Friendly to Veterans

Karen Gross, who served as a senior policy advisor to the US Department of Education in Washington, DC, writes about the opportunities and challenges facing returning veterans when

At College, Move Beyond the Stigma of Asking for Help After a Brain Injury

At College, Move Beyond the Stigma of Asking for Help After a Brain Injury

If extra time on a test or memory aids can make life easier during college, why not use them? Adam talks about moving past the "stigma" of using disability services and getting the help you need to succeed in college.

Can People Go Back to School After a Brain Injury?

Can People Go Back to School After a Brain Injury?

Dr. Heechin Chae says most people with TBI can return to school but may have to develop new ways to study and learn.

Back to School: Guide to Academic Success After Traumatic Brain Injury

Back to School: Guide to Academic Success After Traumatic Brain Injury

For service members and veterans with ongoing symptoms from a traumatic brain injury, going back to school can come with its own set of challenges. This guide will help.

Using Funds from Disability Compensation and the GI Bill for Going Back to School

Using Funds from Disability Compensation and the GI Bill for Going Back to School

Receiving service-related disability compensation does not interfere with the funds veterans receive from the GI Bill, explains Adam.

Finding a Balance: College, Work, Family ... and Issues from TBI

Finding a Balance: College, Work, Family ... and Issues from TBI

Returning to school as a veteran — especially with a brain injury — can be difficult. Adam suggests strategies like starting slowly or taking a smaller course load that balances better with work and life.

Next Steps for Veterans with Brain Injury

Next Steps for Veterans with Brain Injury

Adam knows that the expression, "the world is your oyster" can sound exciting or scary, especially for veterans with TBI figuring out what to do after being in the military.

Documentation About TBI Symptoms and Accommodations When Returning to School

Documentation About TBI Symptoms and Accommodations When Returning to School

Adam talks about how easy it is to set up the accommodations you may need when in college with a TBI or PTSD by first getting documentation from your doctor.

How Polytrauma Care at the VA Can Help Veterans See Future Possibilities

How Polytrauma Care at the VA Can Help Veterans See Future Possibilities

Adam shares his story of how polytrauma care at the VA changed his life after brain injury, including the unintended consequence of wanting to return to college.

Confidentiality Guaranteed When Using Colleges' Disabilities Office

Confidentiality Guaranteed When Using Colleges' Disabilities Office

Adam knows from experience that using any accommodations in college for brain injury or other injuries is always confidential, so veterans returning to college need not worry.

Resources for Veterans: Back to School

Resources for Veterans: Back to School

Resources for veterans going to college — from getting started to money matters.

From Combat to Classroom

From Combat to Classroom

This manual offers a great deal of good information for service members and veterans who want to return to college.

A Tale of Two Schools: Student Veterans Find Their Space on Campus

A Tale of Two Schools: Student Veterans Find Their Space on Campus

Veterans bring uncommon skills, experiences and resilience to college life; they sometimes also carry with them physical, mental, and social vulnerabilities.

The Benefits of Using Disability Services in College Post-Injury

The Benefits of Using Disability Services in College Post-Injury

"I look back at my years in college and graduate school and think, wow, if I had just used disability services, my life would have been a lot easier," says Kelli Gary, PhD.

Learning How to Learn in College, Especially After a Brain Injury

Learning How to Learn in College, Especially After a Brain Injury

The most successful students with TBI in college are those who know their strengths and weaknesses, how to ask for help when they need it, and how to put the focus on how to learn they can rather than how they can't.

For Adolescents with TBI, Getting Help with Plan B

For Adolescents with TBI, Getting Help with Plan B

If a student with TBI fails in college, go back to your family and circle of support to see what went wrong and what you can do differently to succeed in college or work.

Programs in High Schools Can Help Teens with TBI Set New or Different Goals

Programs in High Schools Can Help Teens with TBI Set New or Different Goals

Many high schools offer programs in technology or culinary arts, for example, that are one way for teens with TBI to learn some skills as jumping off places for future career opportunities.

Helping Marines Get Unstuck

Helping Marines Get Unstuck

Using a common sense approach, Major Charles Hall helps injured Marines find their way forward.

A Flashlight Out of the Dark

A Flashlight Out of the Dark

Army vet Timm Lovitt finds that reaching out to help other vets is his own best medicine.

 


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