Female Veterans Share Personal Stories of ‘Coming Home’
Catherine Revak, a first-year doctoral student in clinical social work at the University of Pennsylvania, was seated comfortably toward the back of the room at the Penn Bookstore.She listened intently as former military personnel shared their experiences during “Sacrifice and Service: When Women Come Marching Home,” a panel discussion on the obstacles involved with making the transition back to civilian life, particularly among female veterans. Some of those challenges involved the vast differences in workplace communication, becoming a parent and common mental-health issues among veterans, including post-traumatic stress disorder.
The School “was a perfect fit for me. My master of social work degree was met with a concentration in veterans’ mental-health care, and my doctorate thesis will expand on veterans’ issues as well,” says Revak, who completed her bachelor’s degree in gender and sexuality studies at Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies.
She was also there for personal reasons.
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