VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.
Welcome Home: Understanding and Serving Veteran Transition and Identity Development in College
Leigh Green and Ryan Van Dusen
With the advent of the new Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, student veterans are becoming increasingly present on college campuses across the nation. Currently, there are over 660,000 veterans within the United States attending postsecondary educational opportunities with 329,000 of those utilizing their educational benefits (National Center for Educational Statistics 2011; Radford, 2010). With these numbers, almost 4% of U.S. undergraduate students are veterans (Radford, 2010), with 38% of the veterans utilizing their veterans’ educational benefits. It is given that there could be many more veterans on college campuses since the report does not include benefits-ineligible veterans or those veterans who are not utilizing their benefits.