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Student Veterans with Invisible Disabilities: Accommodation-Seeking in Higher Education

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Derrick Alan Kranke ,

Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center, Department of Veteran Affairs, US
About Derrick
Health Science Specialist at VEMEC, Department of Veteran Affairs. Adjunct Lecturer at University of Southern California, Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.
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Eugenia L. Weiss,

Orange County Academic Center, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, US
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Jodi Constanine Brown

California State University at Northridge, Department of Social WorkNone
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Abstract

Large numbers of recent generations of U.S. military veterans are returning to postsecondary education, as they utilize the Post-9/11 GI Bill. However, some of these student veterans may have invisible/non-apparent disabilities such as, posttraumatic stress disorder or other mental health issues that may impact their ability to readjust to the learning environments in educational settings. Minimal research assesses factors impacting student veterans’ disclosure of their disability to receive accommodations. Authors conducted a literature search of military veterans and help-seeking behaviors in higher educational settings based on the criteria of: 1) pertaining to stigma among student veterans/with a non-apparent disability; 2) barriers to engaging in help-seeking behaviors; and 3) acquiring services in a non-military postsecondary educational setting.  15 articles met our search criteria, and offer contextual factors that if accounted for, may make some student veterans more willing to disclose to seek classroom accommodations for a non-apparent disability should the need arise. We conclude by applying theories and recent empirical findings related to enhancing veterans’ willingness to address mental health issues and help-seeking behaviors in higher education.

How to Cite: Kranke, D.A., Weiss, E.L. and Constanine Brown, J., 2017. Student Veterans with Invisible Disabilities: Accommodation-Seeking in Higher Education. Journal of Veterans Studies, 2(2), pp.45–57. DOI: http://doi.org/10.21061/jvs.15
Published on 14 Sep 2017.

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