Veteran panel provides insight, advice to students

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Adrianna Ovnicek

Students enrolled in an interdisciplinary community development course attended a panel of veterans to learn how they can better include the knowledge and skills needed to work with veterans in their careers.

The students are enrolled in an inclusive community development course, which examines the characteristics of diverse populations to effectively develop inclusive community programs and services. The course is offered as an upper division elective to students of all majors within the School of Community Resources and Development.

“My hope through this experience is for students to have greater awareness of military culture and be inspired with ideas on how they can contribute to reducing constraints and facilitating opportunities for vets in our community,” said course instructor Kelley Ramella.

Panelists included Jared Kinnaman, a Marine Corps combat veteran who works as a vocational rehabilitation counselor at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Hospital. All panelists have been treated at the Phoenix VA and received recreational therapy services.

Topics of discussion ranged from military culture to the veterans’ perceptions of recreation therapy and their experiences transitioning to civilian life