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VETWAYS researchers have just released a research brief analyzing how military experience associates with college student characteristics and perspectives.

The brief responds to an important problem. It is well known that student service members/veterans (SSM/Vs) face obstacles in college that are common among adult students. Few studies, though, have tested whether military experience–specifically as it is separate from age and other adult student characteristicslinks with a host of challenges or benefits that are important to success. 

Results from VETWAYS’ nationwide study show that student military experience strongly associates with physical and cognitive disabilities and a decreased sense of campus belonging. It also correlates with higher college grades, less financial stress, and more career-oriented self-confidence. 

Findings from this and other VETWAYS analyses can help university educators better comprehend and support SSM/Vs, particularly as their service needs may differ from other adult students on campus. 

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