Military veterans have faced many challenges in their careers, whether in basic training or in serving our country during war time. After the smoke settles and that last curtain falls, a lonely veteran stands alone wondering what to do next. Some choose to go back to school to pursue new careers.
Salt Lake Community College’s student population has experienced a steady influx of active duty, reserve and other military veterans from the different branches of service. For these students, they face the challenge of going back to school to learn a new career. For some of them, that challenge also includes dealing with the day-to-day issues that stem from a disability.
“For a guy like me, it is very hard to understand new technology these days,” says Navy veteran David Wilson, who is majoring in Mass Communication at SLCC and hopes to one day host a radio talk show. “I think [disabilities are] a double edged sword that needs a new blade. I mean, there is always some kind of adjustment to amount of money you get almost every year.”
According to the Disability Resource Center’s (DRC) website, their main goal is “to facilitate equal access and inclusion of students with disabilities at Salt Lake Community College, and to empower students to become self-advocates.”
Resources like the DRC provide services to people with learning disabilities. Handicapped or disabled veterans can also seek help with the DRC if they are having trouble with note taking for lectures. Different types of listening devices can be provided for helpful note taking.
Veteran Services helps guide students like these down the path to their careers, educating them about different types of VA educational benefits that are available to them and integration into the college environment. Labs and tutoring can be attained in the Student Center or through Veteran Services.
For more information on how to sign up for resources offered by the Disability Resource Center, you can visit their website at www.slcc.edu/drc.
For more information about Veteran Services, please visit their website at www.slcc.edu/veterans.