Program at ECU helps veterans adjust to life on campus

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The program gives student veterans a chance to learn about campus resources, meet others in their same shoes and share experiences from serving in the military. (Ashley Boles, NewsChannel 12 photo)

Several veterans who are fresh out of the military are getting the help they need to make the transition to student life easier.

Dr. Anna Froula has designed a program at East Carolina University called Veteran to Scholar. It gives student veterans a chance to learn about campus resources, meet others in their same shoes and share experiences from serving in the military.

"They have been open and generous with their experience, they're sharing some pretty tough stuff that they've gone through and I think they look around others listening and supporting and recognize that civilians are listening and supporting and listening without judgement," said Froula.

The program is now in its second year and is funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Froula intends to reapply for that grant next year as she wants the program to continue.

Froula said she's seen results from the program, too. Last year, she said many of the veterans are still friends, have high GPAs and are thriving at ECU.

We spoke with a veteran who joined the military after Sept. 11. Jonathan Kauth graduated from East Wake High School then became an infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division. He told us his story about battling mental issues, seeking counseling and how the Veteran to Scholar program helped him.

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