This introduction to the strengths, needs, and challenges of veterans as they transition from the military to higher education is presented within the framework of Schlossberg's transition model (Schlossberg, Waters, & Goodman, 1995). Academic advisors must understand the way that veteran transitions to college are both similar to and different from those of the general student population so they can explore relevant topics and help connect student-veterans to appropriate supports and services that facilitate their personal and academic success. Advisors are given questions to employ in soliciting information about the ways they and their institutions can better serve student-veterans.

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Shawn Ryan is currently an admissions counselor for the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in Sacramento, CA. He holds a Master of College Student Development degree from Kansas State University and is an Air Force veteran who has served in advising and teaching roles as a civilian in the United States and abroad. He can be reached by E-mail sryan@alliant.edu.

Aaron H. Carlstrom, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. He serves on the faculty for the graduate programs in academic advising offered by Kansas State University. Dr. Carlstrom earned his PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. His research interests focus on the career development of students in middle school through college. He has been a member of NACADA since 2009.

Kenneth F. Hughey, PhD, is professor and Chair of the Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. He serves as the program director for the graduate programs in academic advising offered by Kansas State University. He has been an active member in NACADA since 2004. He was co-editor of The Handbook of Career Advising.

Brandonn S. Harris, PhD, is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. He teaches courses in the areas of intercollegiate athletics, the college-student athlete, research methods, and statistics, while also supervising internships in intercollegiate athletics. As a researcher, he conducts and publishes work in the areas of youth sport, coach and athlete burnout, and professional practice issues in sport psychology. He is a Certified Consultant with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and is also listed on the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. Dr. Harris is also a National Certified Counselor. Dr. Harris obtained his bachelor's degree in exercise science with a sport psychology specialization from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. He holds master's degrees in sport and exercise psychology and community counseling from West Virginia University. His PhD in sport and exercise psychology was also completed at West Virginia University.