For veterans and current members of the armed forces, the transition from military life to campus life is sometimes intimidating. While life as a student can be exciting, veterans face the unique challenge of moving from a discipline-rich environment to a less structured lifestyle. That, in tandem with the usual pressures of starting with a new school and making new friends, can create stress and anxiety. It is also not uncommon for returning veterans to face challenges that may include more severe mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and overall issues with reintegration.
Soldiers are resilient and adaptive, and Monmouth University is dedicated to offering veterans the tools they need to overcome their obstacles. Many veterans won't reach out for mental health services for months or years after they are discharged from active duty, but there are plenty of resources available when and if they are needed.
Below are some links to online resources for veterans seeking substance abuse help.
If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or other drug use, please contact the Office of Substance Awareness at 732-263-5804.