UNR Student Vets Find Support Among Each Other
Brad Vincent, a student vet himself, reports on Wolf Pack Vets which engages in assisting student veterans into academic and campus life.
Transitions in life can be challenging, and many veterans find themselves having a difficult time facilitating that transition when their call to duty is fulfilled. Many find themselves lost and without purpose, reminiscing on their former life traveling the world, living out of a rucksack, and partying it up with close comrades.
Prior to enrolling as a full time student at UNR I have personally experienced separation withdrawals that affected me deeply.
The downward spiral and disparity associated with the loss of camaraderie in the armed forces forced me to eviscerate a five-year relationship and seclude myself from loved ones.
Fast forward to my acceptance at the university where I yearned for a support group of sorts that could help me through such a difficult time.
Once I found the Wolf Pack Veterans I knew that I had found my outlet. My mood improved and I could fill that void within me.
The feeling of being lost and adrift is immediately intensified when a vet decides to take the ultimate step to finish their higher education. Taking twelve units and commuting to campus sounds like an easy task when that becomes the sole focus. Again, transitions are complex, and submerging into university with young adults, sometimes a decade more youthful or more, is an even more significant challenge.
“The vet center is my support system; the atmosphere created here, and the friends I have made keep me coming back,” says VP of Wolf Pack vets alumni Vance, who only gave his first name for this report.
On any given day, the center is full of hardworking student veterans eagerly working towards their life goals. Along with that, they can join a conversation there and fill the disconnect many veterans feel while at UNR.
An entire staff of career advisers is also on site to aid in full and part-time employment while in school or prepping for the ultimate step after graduation.
“The people make my time here worth it. I don’t know who wouldn’t appreciate a support system such as this,” said Ryan on a recent day at the center. He also only wanted his first name used.
“When I walk through that door I feel at home,” another veteran Cody said, also preferring a first-name basis. “I feel as if I have known the students here longer than a semester or two.”