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Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v22 n1 p59-66 2009

Thousands of veterans with disabilities have become students since their return from combat. Many such veterans, though, are finding that their combat experiences often create an undeserving imbalance for them as they trade ammunition for education. And many colleges, where these veterans attend, are finding that they are ill prepared to level the playing field for them. The purpose of this article is to integrate research on undergraduate education and Universal Design (UD) to forge a framework for designing a balanced university environment for student veterans with disabilities. Specific components that campuses should consider incorporating to help student veterans with disabilities manage their challenges and ease into reintegration will also be discussed. (Contains 3 tables.)

Descriptors: Veterans, Disabilities, College Students, Undergraduate Study, Access to Education, College Environment, Student Personnel Services

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Author: Branker, Cheryl


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