Veteran Education Transition Services (VETS)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD occurs after and individual has seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved injury, the threat of injury or death. PTSD is experienced by some, but not all student veterans and service members. It is beneficial to have some knowledge of PTSD and its symptoms but not to expect that every student veteran will display them. Although many student veterans may have stressful or traumatic experiences not all develop PTSD.   PTSD Symptoms
  • Repeated reliving; of the event which disturbs day-to-day activity
    • Flashback episodes where the event seems to be happening again and again
  • Avoidance/NumbingAvoiding people and places that remind you of a trauma.
    • Emotional numbing or feeling as though you do not care about anything
  • Hyper arousalExcessive awareness (hyper-vigilance).
    • Feeling keyed up, irritable or angry and constantly on guard. Difficulty concentrating and falling/staying asleep.

PTSD in the Classroom

Student Veterans may:

  • Sit in the back of the classroom so they can have a clear view of everything around them
  • Be withdrawn from class discussion Be easily startled by noises (pens dropping, shuffling in a backpack, laser pointers, whispering or other noises from classmates)
  • Have difficulty maintaining emotional control during difficult topics