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Reestablishing a Social Life on Campus with Other Veterans and Civilians Post-TBI

Reestablishing a Social Life on Campus with Other Veterans and Civilians Post-TBI

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[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, "Civilians everywhere!" 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.

 
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Hi, I’m Adam Anicich

I’m a former Army Sergeant, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, a service-disabled vet, and someone with a brain injury. I’m here to share my story with you — along with some practical tips — and I hope that I can help you in your own journey of recovery.

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