Interviews conducted by Brandon Scott
I passed out questionnaires and conducted and interviews with 11 EMU veterans, and one former EMU student veteran. Answers will be generalized and structured to veteran branches of service.
All veterans and service members were proud to put their country before themselves.
Rate EMU compared to other schools either visited or attended.
Air Force- Much Better
Army/N.G.- Good, Excluding security
Marines- Better than other schools
(no current Coast Guard interviews)
Are EMU facilities supportive of veterans?
Air Force- Yes, needs small improvements in regards to financial support
Army/N.G.- Extremely supportive professors
Marines- Good and supportive
Navy- Not much, needs more.
Any EMU improvement suggestions?
Air Force- More financial support/scholarships
Army/N.G.- Improve safety to prevent crime on/directly by campus
Marines- Veteran priority focus area, instead of a secondary
Navy- Provide more areas on campus for veterans to meet and talk in person
Were you given time to complete your degree (years) counting prior schools?
Air Force- 5 years (bachelor) with active duty time online
Army/N.G.- 7 years (master) no college while active duty
Marines- 3 years (bachelor) with active duty time
Navy- 2 ½ years (bachelor) no active duty time (Military transfer credit)
Was the military a good life catalyst for you?
Air Force- Yes, great opportunity to serve my country, life experiences, and paid college
Army/N.G.- Yes, teaches discipline and helps pay for school
Marines- Yes, for the most part, proud to serve
Navy- Yes, great experiences in the service, and seeing the world
What educational benefits are you utilizing? (GI Bill, TA, SLRP, SOC, Voc. Rehab., ROTC Stipend, Scholarships)
Air Force- GI Bill, Scholarships
Army/N.G.- GI Bill, TA, SLRP, ROTC, Scholarships
Marines- Post 9/11 and scholarships
Navy- Chapter 33 and Post 9/11
How have you found the transition back into civilian life? Returning home from deployment?
Air Force- It is not easy, but overall the transition is going smoothly.
Army/N.G.- It is slow, but there are a lot of programs to help veterans back into society now.
Marines- Slow and somewhat difficult
Navy- There are ups and downs, but just keep going forward
Do you now have any disabilities or challenges in your life (physically, psychologically, mentally)
Air Force- It is hard going from routines of active duty, into you making your own routine
Army/N.G.- With multiple tours, combat and labor intensive work; the body takes a beating
Marines- Physical disabilities
Navy- Physical problems and there is a large amount of veterans suffering from PTSD
How has the military affected your family life?
Air Force- The service can negatively affect marriages sometimes.
Army/N.G.- There are positives and negatives involved with deployments
Marines- More distant from family members
Navy- No change
Do you feel easily accepted back into civilian/college life? Why or Why not?
Air Force- On campus-yes, off of campus-not too many places.
Army/N.G.- Not always, there are some people that don’t even acknowledge our sacrifices
Marines- No, students tend to look down on veterans at times
Navy- Faculty and professors are great, but students tend to avoid and ignore veterans
Are professors understanding of military obligations?
Air Force- Many are
Army/N.G.- Yes, almost all professors are very considerate
Marines- Not too many
Navy- Professors who understand more if they walked in a veterans shoes- hit or miss
How do you see and feel the military discipline is of veterans/military members of today, when compared to either you or military leadership.
Air Force- There are subtle changes with service members becoming too sensitive
Army/N.G.- Lack of discipline and experience
Marines- See new service members are weak and “going downhill”
Navy- Few to no changes, soldiers becoming more demanding
How would you compare OIF/OEF, Desert Storm, (any combat engagements in the last 20 years) to Vietnam veterans? Would you consider it the next forgotten war(s)?
Air Force- The majority of the public tend to be ignorant on the most recent wars, yes
Army/N.G.- Today’s wars are very similar to Vietnam, but many people do not understand it
Marines- Afghanistan is the next forgotten war
Navy- Some citizens tend to think we have not even been in Afghanistan since 2011
Have you used Veteran Affairs for any of the following- medical care, educational benefits, disability compensation? How would you rate the VA/ your experience?
Air Force- Yes, the VA is extremely slow and is backlogged for disability claims for 2 years
Army/N.G.- Yes, overall the VA is seen as a bureaucracy that rarely works efficiently
Marines- Yes to all three, the VA is horrible, slow, and frustrating
Navy- Yes, overall neutral on feelings to VA- pros and cons in different areas
Where do you see yourself in 5 year/ 20 years?
Air Force- Successful career, close to retirement
Army/N.G.- Working in career field
Marines- Enjoying a well-paid job
Navy- Technology field career
How do you view the media coverage and portrayals of the military as a whole?
Air Force- Do not believe most of watch you see on TV
Army/N.G.- Not portrayed accurately. Only focus on negatives, never the good we do overseas
Marines- There is a false sense, rare coverage, and never display the actual war anymore
Navy- Media only shows what they want us to see, which is not the whole truth
What would you say to a new or potential military recruit?
Air Force- Listen to your superiors
Army/N.G.- Get a job that you can use after getting out of the service
Marines- Shut up, pay attention, and listen to your NCOs
Navy- Stay driven, utilize your benefits even while in the military, be humble