Clinic marks one year helping soldiers transition to civilian life

Transitioning from soldier to civilian after serving in the military isn’t easy. It can be jarring, as numerous challenges arise while navigating through a new way of life.

One recent Penn graduate, who wishes to remain anonymous, says that when she returned from serving abroad in the Army for six years, she knew she needed someone—a therapist—to talk to. Administrators at the Department of Veterans Affairs connected her to Penn Medicine’s Steven A. Cohen Military Clinic.

“I started going there for [several] months, pretty much every week,” she says, adding how convenient the Cohen Clinic’s on-campus location was for her, then a Penn master’s student. “I was able to completely organize my thoughts and make sense of things. It has been the most gratifying, amazing shift in my life.”

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