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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.
Using your GI Bill benefits successfully means more than just filling out a few forms. Make informed decisions with this useful information.
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.
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 in a nutshell — who qualifies and what the benefits are.
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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.
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
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.
Dr. Heechin Chae says most people with TBI can return to school but may have to develop new ways to study and learn.
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.
Receiving service-related disability compensation does not interfere with the funds veterans receive from the GI Bill, explains Adam.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 going to college — from getting started to money matters.
This manual offers a great deal of good information for service members and veterans who want to return to college.
Veterans bring uncommon skills, experiences and resilience to college life; they sometimes also carry with them physical, mental, and social vulnerabilities.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Using a common sense approach, Major Charles Hall helps injured Marines find their way forward.
Army vet Timm Lovitt finds that reaching out to help other vets is his own best medicine.