Student veterans may experience anger, anxiety, depression and time management problems according to Jennifer Morzenti, Eugene Vet Center Reintegration Counselor who spoke at the first Brown Bag Talks on Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Brown Bag Talks is the first in a planned series of events to be hosted by LCC Veterans Services. Morzenti, a U.S. Air Force veteran, specializes in services for combat veterans and for those who experienced military sexual trauma.
“It is very difficult,” Morzenti said, “coming out of the military and being put back into civilian society is very difficult for a lot of veterans.”
She said that veterans may not want to disclose their status, because in their minds they can think that they’re broken. She said that when there’s a lot of activity going on, veterans may isolate themselves by sitting in a corner. One difficulty they often face is finding their identity again and filling family roles outside of military life.
There is also the issue of them feeling unsafe. This is especially true for combat veterans. Having a safe place to go such as the Veterans Center is crucial.
Veteran benefits include help for those who are in distress, and accommodations can be made to establish quiet places for testing – free from sounds that veterans might find distracting. Disability Services can provide a ‘memo of agreement’ for veterans and other students who need accommodations to succeed. They will also with work with student veterans who need to change classes or be given a refund because of the extra challenges they may experience.
Administrative Specialist for the Veterans Services Department, Sharon Hainly, said the center is an environment where veterans can come in to feel safe and welcomed immediately. She expressed concern that a number of homeless student veterans are living in their cars.
On the last Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Morzenti is available to counsel veterans in the Veterans’ Services Student Center, located in Building 19 Room 233.
For information contact Sharon Hainley at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (541) 463-5684.