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Supporting Student Veterans

CONTACT US

E-mail: counselor@csmd.edu


LA PLATA CAMPUS

Ann Penick, MA, LCPC, NCC
Administration (AD) Building, Room 205
Phone: 301-934-7577
Email:  APenick@csmd.edu


LEONARDTOWN CAMPUS

Jennifer Fossell, LCSW-C
Building A, Room 204E
Phone: 240-725-5328
Email:  jfossell@csmd.edu


PRINCE FREDERICK CAMPUS

Jennifer Fossell, LCSW-C
Building B, Room 109B
Phone: 443-550-6169
Email: jfossell@csmd.edu

Veteran Benefits

Almost 75 percent of 18-29 year olds personally know someone who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Since many of these veterans will be either starting college for the first time or returning to college since their service in the military, it is important that we all do our part to help in their transition back into civilian life.

If you know a veteran attending CSM or are in class with a veteran, the best thing you can do is to listen if they want to talk. Let them decide how much they want to discuss or emphasize about their military service. Be patient as they get used to civilian life outside of the military.

It is estimated that 25 to 30 percent of veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan report mental health problems or a cognitive condition. These “hidden injuries of war” are not surprising given the trauma of serving in a combat zone. It is important for veterans struggling with emotional health issues to get the support they need as unaddressed problems can lead to serious consequences like substance abuse, suicide, or violence. With the right support and treatment, veterans dealing with mental health issues can still have a smooth transition and a healthy future.

It is important to ensure that returning veterans have access to the professionals and services they need to address the physical and emotional wounds of war. You can become an advocate by looking into joining such groups as the IAVA’s (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) action network. You can also support our troops by participating in The Bob Woodruff ReMIND movement sponsored by the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

Visit Veterans Services to view resources for friends and families of veterans as well as to view resources for veterans themselves.