Straight Talk for Veterans: A Guide to Transitioning into Higher Education and the Civilian Workplace (Hardcover)
PREORDER TODAY - Publication date December 1, 2018
Straight Talk for Veterans: A Guide to Transitioning into Higher Education and the Civilian Workplace evolved from a call by veterans and practitioners to move away from academic volumes that don’t resonate with the reader and frankly fall short of really helping veterans succeed. Veteran-friendliness is a straightforward concept that is, in most contexts, more lip-service than action and is rarely achieved. Conceptualizing veteran-friendliness is best done in plain language, the way veterans talk to each other, and is about improving the cultural competency of non-veterans. Too many volumes written by people that either aren't veterans or do not really understand veterans have left the field wanting for a text that can both inform practitioners who intend to help veterans succeed and speak in no-nonsense language that veterans prefer.
Straight Talk for Veterans is a straight-forward guide primarily intended for those transitioning from the military to higher education, but also for general veteran transitions to civilian life. Designed as a companion text aligned with numerous proven veteran transition curricula, it serves the dual purpose of guiding practitioners to be able to support veterans through a more culturally competent lens. Straight talk’s diverse chapter authors deliver a comprehensive array of accessible information that covers concepts of negotiating transitions, navigating higher education, skills assessment and translation, and a series of fresh perspectives on concepts frequently misunderstood or mischaracterized by civilians. This text is most valuable to the student veteran or the campus that wants to focus their energies on the real success of student veterans: graduating and finding a job. Written in a style that speaks directly to the student, this is not an attempt to over analyze student veterans with anecdotal observations and small-scale research – this is a practical guide that has been endorsed by senior military leaders and veteran advocates and is being reviewed by numerous institutions for adoption into their curriculum and by US government agencies looking to support the transition of student veterans.