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The Green Zone Initiative: Combining Virtual and Face-to-Face Training to Support Veterans in Higher Education

Authors:

Seth Kastle ,

Fort Hays State University, US
About Seth
Dr. Seth Kastle is an Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies at Fort Hays State University. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Fort Hays State University, a Master of Science Degree from Southwestern College, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Baker University. His research interests include generational leadership, service learning, and social change. He is a retired US Army First Sergeant and a veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq.
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Robert Bruce Scott,

Fort Hays State University, US
About Robert
Dr. Robb Scott earned a doctorate in special education from Kansas State University. His primary areas of research are accessibility and bilingual special education. A Kansas native, he has lived and worked in Ecuador, Japan, and Saudi Arabia. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Fort Hays State University.
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Kenton Olliff,

Fort Hays State University, US
About Kenton
Dr. Kenton Olliff is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor, and National Board Certified Counselor. He is an Assistant Vice-President for Student Affairs and oversees Student Support Services at Fort Hays State University. He also teaches graduate counseling classes and maintains a private counseling practice in Hays. Kenton is also a Fourth Generation Funeral Director.
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Jeremiah Carlton

Southern Oregon University, US
About Jeremiah
Jeremy Carlton is both a lecturer (Business) at Southern Oregon University and an adjunct faculty member (Philosophy) at Fort Hays State University. Having served in the active duty and reserve components of the USAF (2003-2011), he has spent several years since directly supporting veterans within the purview of higher education. Jeremy is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, holds an MDiv in Religion & Ethics from Wake Forest University; an MBA in Business Mngt./Ethics from Marylhurst University; a BS (Business) from Wayland Bapt. University; a BA (Religion) from University of the Americas, and two AAS degrees (VMT and HRM) from the Community College of the Air Force.
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Abstract

The purpose of the Green Zone Initiative is to address the needs of the nearly 700 student Veterans at a state comprehensive university who are enrolled either on campus or online. The number of service members reintegrating into civilian life is higher than at any time in history since the Vietnam War. As Traumatic Brain Injury is the signature wound of this war, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as the civilian-military divide are all having a monumental impact on our veteran population across America. Student Veterans re-entering civilian life and adjusting to college are under additional pressures which place them in a category of students who may need additional resources and supports to be successful. The purpose of the Green Zone Initiative is to educate and equip faculty and staff to identify those needs and provide support and direction to those resources.
How to Cite: Kastle, S., Scott, R.B., Olliff, K. and Carlton, J., 2019. The Green Zone Initiative: Combining Virtual and Face-to-Face Training to Support Veterans in Higher Education. Journal of Veterans Studies, 4(2), pp.229–237.
Published on 25 Jul 2019.
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