Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Division of Education and Counseling

First Advisor

Timothy Glaude

Second Advisor

Ramona Jean-Perkins

Third Advisor

Renee Akbar


Challenges, Encounter, Experiences, Exploring, Phenomenological, Transition, Veteran


The purpose of this study was to explore the challenges and lived experiences of former military men and women as they transitioned from military assignments to students in institutions of higher learning. This study focused on identifying gaps in support services that hindered the needs of former military men and women enrolled in higher education institutions. According to a study by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (2021), former military men and women encountered common challenges during re-adjustments, such as employment, maintaining healthy relationships, and pursuing educational endeavors. Using a descriptive phenomenological research design, the research study gathered information from individuals who have lived, witnessed, and joined a branch of the United States military. The research study revealed six themes that emerged from participants' responses. (1) the Registration Process; (2) Understanding G.I. Bill Benefits; (3) the Environment; (4) Veteran Advisor; (5) Veteran Specific Services; and (6) Retention. The responses indicated consistency in the themes identified as challenges encountered by former military men and women who transitioned from the military.



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