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Returning to School for Service Members and Veterans

Succeeding in School

Once you’re on campus and enrolled in classes, it’s important to stay focused, stay organized, and maintain a balance between school, work, and time with your family and friends. It can be challenging for anyone who is going back to school to be successful, but juggling class schedules, reading assignments, registration forms, and outside activities can be particularly difficult for someone living with a TBI. This section of our site includes strategies, tips, and personal stories from other veterans to help you succeed as you head back to school.

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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.

Resilience: The Bounce Back Factor

Resilience: The Bounce Back Factor

Think of emotional resilience as armor for the mind, push-ups for the brain.

Planning for Your Future

Planning for Your Future

There’s never going to be a perfect time to start saving. The important thing is to start, and you don’t need lots of cash to do so.

Helpful Tips for Making the Return to School or College Easier Post-TBI

Helpful Tips for Making the Return to School or College Easier Post-TBI

No one wants to feel like a slacker or be perceived as one. Adam shares some excellent advice about how to get necessary accommodations with the help of the school's administration and professors.

Resources for Veterans Transitioning to School After TBI

Resources for Veterans Transitioning to School After TBI

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

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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.

Reestablishing a Social Life on Campus with Other Veterans and Civilians Post-TBI

Reestablishing a Social Life on Campus with Other Veterans and Civilians Post-TBI

Transitioning from military to civilian life can take time and can be tricky. Adam talks about how student veteran groups on college campuses can help vets reintegrate socially in their own way and  time.

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.

For Veterans with TBI and PTSD, Finding Your Best Path in College

For Veterans with TBI and PTSD, Finding Your Best Path in College

Whether taking classes online or finding a seat in a lecture hall that makes you feel safe, Adam shares ideas for vets with TBI and PTSD returning to school.

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.

Getting Used to a Less Structured World After the Military

Getting Used to a Less Structured World After the Military

The military provides three meals a day, shelter, uniforms, and a structured schedule. The civilian side does not. Adam talks about what to be aware of when transitioning from military to civilian life.

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.

Why Not Get the Help You Need When Returning to School with a TBI?

Why Not Get the Help You Need When Returning to School with a TBI?

Adam shares his experience of returning to school twice, the second time equipped with strategies and tools to help with his brain injury. "The experiences were night and day," he says.

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.

What Interventions Can Help Service Members with TBI and /or PTSD Return to School or Work?

What Interventions Can Help Service Members with TBI and /or PTSD Return to School or Work?

Lt. Col. Philip Holcombe, PhD explains how the use of imaginal or behavioral rehearsals helps service members and veterans find strategies to overcome their obstacles.

Taking Brain Injury from Combat to Campus

Taking Brain Injury from Combat to Campus

For veterans who head to school after their service, traumatic brain injury can be an especially difficult diagnosis.

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.

Meet Kelli Williams Gary, PhD

Meet Kelli Williams Gary, PhD

In 1990, Kelli Gary fell asleep at the wheel and sustained a severe brain injury. Along a bumpy but ultimately successful path, Dr. Gary earned her bachelor of science degree, two masters degrees, and a PhD.

Kelli Gary, PhD on Her Hard Fought Degree in Occupational Therapy

Kelli Gary, PhD on Her Hard Fought Degree in Occupational Therapy

In college after her brain injury, Kelli Gary, PhD determined her major then worked diligently and resourcefully to succeed in getting her degree.

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