April 16, 2012Shannon CormierVietnam Veteran Students inCollege
Outline1. Sources2. Historical Setting3. The Vietnam Veteran4. Vietnam Veteran Student LimitationsVietnam Veteran Social I...
SourcesPersonal Interviewswith VietnamVeterans• WayneBurton, NSCCPresident• Ray Parker,NSCC VeteransAcademic AdvisorBooks•...
Historical Context Between 1964 -1975 College campuses were “…the hotbed of socialactivism and resistance to the war….” ...
WHO IS THE TYPICAL VIETNAMVETERAN?22-25Poorly Educated& Left BehindEconomicallyDisadvantaged2x as likely toserveMinorities...
Vietnam Veterans Students LimitationsLacked CollegePreparation1973-Less than 50%were using benefitsLacked AcademicConfiden...
Vietnam Veterans Social Issues“People just look down on you. Theytreat you altogether different whenyou’re in a uniform. …...
Vietnam Veterans Issues withFaculty & Higher EdDenison University: students & facultyprotesting• Limited on campussupport•...
InterviewsPresident Burton• 25 yr old platoon captain• 1,000 men & Combat• Brought platoon home• MBA program had Vietnam V...
Conclusions Information varies according to research Afghanistan/Iraq vets entering campus The interviewers both had di...
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  1. 1. April 16, 2012Shannon CormierVietnam Veteran Students inCollege
  2. 2. Outline1. Sources2. Historical Setting3. The Vietnam Veteran4. Vietnam Veteran Student LimitationsVietnam Veteran Social IssuesFaculty/AdministrationInterviews5. Conclusions
  3. 3. SourcesPersonal Interviewswith VietnamVeterans• WayneBurton, NSCCPresident• Ray Parker,NSCC VeteransAcademic AdvisorBooks• No Victory Parades:The Return of theVietnamVeteran, Polner 1974• The WoundedGeneration, Horne1981Online Articles• EBSCO Articles• University Websitesfor PicturesImage taken from www.northshore.edu/veterans/
  4. 4. Historical Context Between 1964 -1975 College campuses were “…the hotbed of socialactivism and resistance to the war….” (Horan, 1990b, p.21). Media portrayed Vietnam Vets to be “…drug-crazedbaby killers, violent and lawless persons, and alcoholicsand drug addicts” (Horan, 1990b, p. 18).Photo taken at Dickinson College (Pennsylvania)during 1969
  5. 5. WHO IS THE TYPICAL VIETNAMVETERAN?22-25Poorly Educated& Left BehindEconomicallyDisadvantaged2x as likely toserveMinoritiesLacked HSactivities“Society’s Losers”Statistics from the Department of VeteransBenefits, Veterans Administration.Harrell, D. (1972, FREE: Survival plans for our returningveterans. Leatherneck (Pre-1998), 55, 46-51.http://search.proquest.com/docview/206541492?accountid=1366
  6. 6. Vietnam Veterans Students LimitationsLacked CollegePreparation1973-Less than 50%were using benefitsLacked AcademicConfidenceFinancialPressures(GI BILL + tuitionincrease)Responsibilities38% Vets Married1.2% Non-vetsMarried
  7. 7. Vietnam Veterans Social Issues“People just look down on you. Theytreat you altogether different whenyou’re in a uniform. …I got calledpig and murderer and all kinds ofthings just because I was inuniform”Isolation5% oncampus“DifferentBreed”Never WoreUniformInsensitiveQuestions9,408Protests197 ROTCAttacksPTSD500,000 to750,000University of Kansashttp://www.armyrotc.ku.edu/history/history.shtml
  8. 8. Vietnam Veterans Issues withFaculty & Higher EdDenison University: students & facultyprotesting• Limited on campussupport• Focused their attention oncontrolling riots andunrest instead ofproviding service toVeterans• Posed insensitivequestions and interjectedtheir personal beliefsconcerning the militaryduring class lectures
  9. 9. InterviewsPresident Burton• 25 yr old platoon captain• 1,000 men & Combat• Brought platoon home• MBA program had Vietnam Vets inhis cohort• No veteran services in college• Joined Veterans against Warprotests• “The guilt never goes away”• “I’m still not sure what I fought for.To this day, I still I envy World War IIVeterans”Ray Parker• Undercover spy (reported drugusage among our troops)• Worked full-time during college• No Social activities and had toremain isolated about being a vet.• “I never wore my uniform whengoing to college because it wasdangerous. When I returnedhome, I was considered a warcriminal to the public eye.”• “The war never turned off and wasvigilant 24/7. In addition to beingtortured or shot, we had to worryabout land mines, poisonoussnakes and bugs, malaria, andbeing bombed by our own peopleby accident. There was a constantpressure of the thousand things thatcould kill you”
  10. 10. Conclusions Information varies according to research Afghanistan/Iraq vets entering campus The interviewers both had different experiencescoming home Vietnam veteran students had a number ofchallenges- Social-demographic traits-Social acceptance amongst peers-Insensitive Faculty + lack of on campus support

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