Interested in joining the SVA?  Email Gabi at  Meetings will be held on Thursdays in CUB 239 at 3:30pm

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Contact Us


Gabi Willard

Vice President
Katie Andrews

Coby Bryner

Gabi Willard

Faculty Advisor
Bill Lloyd

You can email Hunter at if you have any questions or want to join.

Veteran's Service Office
Box 19
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg University
Shippensburg, PA 17257 

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 From Combat to College 

 Navigating the Transition from Deployment to College 

  • Start with a few courses to ease into the transition
  • Take notes during class and consider recording lectures.
  • Get to know your professors and ask for their help.
  • Studying: take notes, lots of breaks, find a study partner.
  • Take advantage of the school's resources such as academic services, tutoring, and counseling.
  • Participate in student activities as a way to break down barriers to you and other students.
  • Recognize that others may not agree with you or understand your service in the military
  • Regular exercise and relaxation techniques will help reduce overall anxiety, hyper arousal, improve concentration
  • Learn to recognize you own signs of physical and mental stress and seek help before you are overwhelmed
  • Get plenty of rest, exercise, and eat right

Combat Stress Reference Guide 

"The first signs of stress for many combat veterans appear 3 to 4 months after returning home"

Army Times January 7th, 2005

Symptoms of Combat Stress: 

  • Depression
  • Anger issues
  • Survivor guilt
  • Problems with intimate relationships
  • Alcohol and drug problems
  • Trust issues
  • Flashbacks
  • Alienation and Isolation
  • Poor concentration or lack of concentration
  • Memory impairment
  • Loss of interest in things they once loved
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Negative self image

Contributors of more severe Combat Stress symptoms: 

  • Longer period of time in combat
  • Negative situations upon returning home
  • No support system
  • Medics, frontline combat veterans

Consequences:Leads to acting out anger more often, use avoidance and isolation to cope

Ways to Manage Stress Injures: 

  • Talk things out, you can only repress memories for so long until they become unbearable, emotional wounds are like physical wounds, they need to heal, they need to breath before they get better. Find a medical professional to talk to or at least a person you trust and can confide in.
  • Write things out, keep a journal, write poems, and listen to soft music, keep a log of how you are feeling.
  • Engage in physical activity, work out, play sports, keep active and don't sleep all day or isolate yourself.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs, it's only a quick fix, talk to a professional if need be. You have to stop drinking or doing drugs before you can heal. It's a self medication and a bad way of coping with things.
  • Large, busy, places like malls, shopping centers may trigger some sort of anxiety. Planning and preparing can be the key to success. If you go to the mall don't stay long if you feel uncomfortable, go to the restroom take a break so you can clear your head and relax.

Problems following Homecoming: 

  • The person who you left home who once relied upon you has become capable of managing the household by themselves.
  • Decision making on children, household duties, finances and social activities have been provided by the care taker at home since your deployment
  • Veterans may need much of their partner's time which has been allocated to other things while you were gone.
  • Problems may present themselves and it will take time to get back on track.
  • Failed expectations upon homecoming for either veteran or person waiting for them can cause resentment.
  • Talk about expectations with your partner.

Important Self Help Tips when Returning Home: 

  • Limit alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, and illegal substances
  • Limit news watching or traumatic information
  • Talk to peers or professionals
  • Get plenty of sleep and rest
  • Good Diet
  • Write, Read
  • Keep on schedule
  • Listen to relaxing music
  • Plan family activities
  • Engage in Volunteer work
  • Most importantly recognize signs of stress and triggers that set you off