Veteran Urges Fellow Vets to Seek Help With Transition to Civilian Life

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Veteran Urges Fellow Vets to Seek Help With Transition to Civilian Life

Veterans should seek help when returning to civilian life. Image via Rutgers.edu

Veterans should seek help when returning to civilian life. Image via Rutgers.edu

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Seeking help is a sign of strength. #veterans should do so in a post-#military transition: http://goo.gl/RiqYYD via@vetsbridgecom
Monday, November 17, 2014 - 9:15am

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There were so many wonderful stories of courage and inspiration last week as we remembered all the veterans in our lives. Peter H. Milliken from The Vindicator (Youngstown, OH) shared a great story about an Iraq War veteran who coordinates veterans’ services at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The story has some great learnings for the veterans in your community – and in your life.

Bryan Adams was shot during an ambush while on patrol in Tikrit, Iraq, in 2008. Adams struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder as he successfully made the transition to academia and the civilian workforce. Today he urges veterans not to hesitate to seek help with the challenges they face in making the transition to civilian life.

“From Combat to Campus to Career” was the title of a workshop where Adams was the keynote speaker. Among the 110 people attending were numerous local mental-health professionals and veterans’ service officials.

“Have a plan ready for when you get out of the military,” in terms of an educational or career path, Adams urged active-duty military personnel. “Seeking help for what’s going on in your life is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength,” he added.

Sources of assistance can include the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which operates medical clinics in many local communities, including Youngstown, and various veterans’ organizations.

Adams earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Rutgers, and he has been active with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and Student Veterans of America. Based at Rutgers’ New Brunswick campus, the Purple Heart recipient now advocates tirelessly for veterans’ rights. Rutgers has 5,500 veterans among its students.

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