Dear Colleagues and SECOME Members,
I’d like to point out why this month is so important. It is the Month of the Military Caregiver and National TBI Awareness Month. Every day, military caregivers serve our nation. Whether it is a wife, a husband, a parent, a friend, or a child, they are heling their Wounded Warrior accomplish every day tasks – something that many of us take for granted. The wounds that they tend to can be physical, but they can also be emotional.
In the classroom it can be pretty obvious on how to accommodate physical disabilities; however it is the invisible wounds that many of our institutions’ faculty and staff lack awareness and knowledge on how to provide accommodations to ensure the success of the student. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Posttraumatic Stress (PTS) are just two of the many invisible wounds in which our service members and veterans suffer each and every day. Their caregivers are America’s other heroes, and sacrifice a lot to serve their service member or veteran. So as we wrap up this month, I encourage each and every one of you to take a moment to acknowledge the many sacrifices of ALL of our nations’ heroes.
March’s SECOME newsletter is filled with what we think is valuable information to serve our military-affiliated students. Because this month is so important to our service members and their families, I thought it is the perfect time to officially release SECOME’s Strategic Plan, Advancing Academics to Transform the Future.
We hope that with this plan SECOME can grow stronger to meet its mission, and to serve the military-affiliated student, our stakeholders, and the great states of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
SECOME Strategic Plan
The SECOME Board of Directors is proud to provide you the 2016-2021 Strategic Plan. We hope that this plan will set the future development of the organization to meet the need of our mission:
To promote, support, and deliver quality educational and professional practices within all branches of the Armed Forces by providing innovative and ethical provisions for higher educational institutions, government and state entities.
April 20, 2016
2 - 3:30 p.m.
Join the webinar discussion to learn how other administrators created effective policies and procedures to support a variety of CPL programs during the 2015-2016 academic year. You will have an opportunity to learn details about which CPL programs they chose based on the specific needs of their institution, their successes with implementation or expansion efforts, and how they addressed barriers to implementation of new programs.
SECOME Annual Symposium
October 25-27, 2016
The Hilton Savannah DeSoto
Register today for the 2016 Annual Symposium and the Hiring & Education Expo! Hurry! Space is limited.
We hope to see you there!
While many military service branches as grappling with manpower cuts, the Coast Guard is looking to expand, Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said Tuesday.
Speaking at the U.S. Capitol as he delivered his service's annual State of the Coast Guard address, Zukunft paraphrased a line from the 1975 classic "Jaws".
"Looking at the challenges we're facing in the world today: ladies and gentlemen, you're going to need a bigger Coast Guard," he said. Read the entire article here.
CollegeRecon identifies 17 key veteran benefits programs that are available on campuses to assist veterans and military personnel.
What came to be called the GI Bill of Rights (Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944) would later be referred to as the single most transformative bill of the twentieth century. The bill helped educate an estimated 8 million veterans of “The Greatest Generation,” producing Nobel Prize winners, Supreme Court Justices, three Presidents, Pulitzer Prize winners, teachers, scientists, doctors, engineers, plus a million lawyers, nurses, businessmen, artists, actors, writers, pilots and others in a variety of categories.
Go to the report to see the top majors that student veterans are pursing.
Here’s what they had to say:
1. “Don’t assume because I have PTSD I’m mentally weak. I’m actually strong. I have survived.” — Riley Lee
2. “Just because I haven’t been to war, doesn’t mean I can’t still have PTSD. Keep that in mind.” — Melinda Michelle Tegarden
3. “Respect my space when I decline to do something with you I think will trigger me.” — Ashley Laverdiere
4. “Understand that boundaries are important to me.” — Ashley Brown
5. “Help me make new memories. Focus on the present and finding joy, while being understanding of your symptoms of PTSD.” — Chrissy Borzon Thompson
6. “Help me ground. Speak softly. If I ask, don’t touch me. I’m trying to get control of it, but PTSD is a normal reaction to an abnormal trauma.” — Nita Daniel
7. “Understand this type of thing doesn’t find a solution overnight.” — Aris Corvin
8. “I’m accepting this as my reality. I’m trying to learn how to work with it instead of against it. Please try to do the same.” — Miranda Tymoschuk
9. “Understand when I don’t want to open up about the trauma I’ve experienced, that doesn’t mean I’m not suffering.” — Emily Waryck
10. “Learn about my triggers. Sit with me without opinions or suggestions. Let me cry on your shoulder. Validate my feelings.” — Claire Leedy
11. “Try not to minimize my feelings or symptoms. They’re indeed real and not imagined.” — Lili Rae
12. “Educate yourself about it.” — Stephanie Funke
13. “Simply listen.” — Kimberly Castro Moreno
14. “My PTSD affects every single part of my life. It has changed me and the way I view everything. Support, comfort and compassion is vital.” — Melissa Davis
15. “Allow me to talk about my past without saying, ‘Stop living in the past.’ A listening ear for the moment is all I need.” — Tatauq Helena Muma
16. “I had a new friend ask me what my triggers were so she could avoid them. She didn’t ask about my traumas out of curiosity, she actually cared and wanted to make sure she doesn’t do or say anything to accidentally trigger me. It was awesome.” — Holly Cooper McNeal
17. “If you don’t understand what it means, please take 10 minutes and look up what it is. Just because my scars aren’t visible doesn’t mean they aren’t there.” — Erin Nichole
18. “Don’t tell me my coping mechanisms are silly or irrational. If I need to sleep with the lights on to avoid flashbacks, let me. If I need to lay on the floor, don’t question me. Allow me to be the judge of what I need. Let me take the lead on where and how I want your support. It may not makes any sense to you, but for me, it’s everything.” — Tori Summerhill Fox
19. “Understand that some situations are scary. I cannot tell you why. It’s just a feeling. If I am emotionally uncomfortable and need to bail, I am not being a baby.” — Marie Duke
20. “Don’t be afraid to talk to me. My fears and panic attacks aren’t contagious. Just simply be there for me.” — Mandy Ree
21. “Understand that my reactions to you or situations may have nothing to do with what’s going on in the present and everything to do with what happened in my past.” — Kristen Rubart
22. “Believe me.” — Tish Patricia Phillips
The Army has made big changes to its tuition assistance signup system in hopes of getting soldiers to make more thoughtful and perhaps better choices with TA, but some of the nation's largest TA schools are raising questions about the overhaul.
The new online tool, called Via, quizzes prospective TA students on their interests and needs, then combines that information with data from the Army and federal agencies. Based on this, Via recommends individualized career paths, degrees that will pave the way for such careers, and institutions where the Army thinks its soldiers should pursue those degrees.
Via is required for all new TA users or those changing degree plans, but Army officials stress that soldiers can ignore and override the recommendations. They say Via is a way to inform TA users while making them think about their goals and how TA can bring those goals closer. Read the entire article here.