[Adam Anicich] Hey guys, it's Adam, and one of the things I found
when I was going back to school was that I was inundated with civilians,
And so—for me—I wanted to kind of reacclimate
and reintegrate to society on my own timeframe.
And I found one thing to be very helpful,
and that was seeking out the student veteran's organizations on campus—
Student Veterans of America—for example,
or other veteran organizations that are on campus—
extracurricular club-type things.
And I found that it was really helpful
because I was able to escape from all the civilians
and—kind of—connect with the veterans who had similar experiences to me
who understood a different life perspective rather than the 19-year-old
who is waiting for his dad to buy him a new car.
It's like—you know—I'm connecting with the 23- to 25-year-olds
who are—have already come back from one or two combat deployments.
So it was really nice to have that balance in my life,
and it allowed me to reacclimate in my own timeframe.
And it was something that was a lot more comfortable for me
because if I was feeling overwhelmed by the civilian population
I could consolidate my social interaction to the veteran's club
and then vice versa—if I was feeling like, "Okay, maybe I could step out
of my comfort zone a little bit more."
I was able to go back and just go to normal class.
So check it out, let me know what you think. Thanks.
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Transitioning from military to civilian life can take time and can be tricky. Adam talks about how student veteran groups on college campuses can help vets reintegrate socially in their own way and time.