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Local veteran transitions back to civilian life

It’s not always easy for U.S. Veterans to transition from being active duty to living day-to-day as a civilian.

It’s not always easy for U.S. Veterans to transition from being active duty to living day-to-day as a civilian.

U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Andrew Villanueva currently attends South Texas College (STC) after serving the armed forces for 14 years.

Villanueva, currently in his first semester at STC, plans to major in radiology. Following his schooling, Villanueva says he’s determined to someday work at a veteran’s hospital.

However – Villanueva finds it a challenge socializing with his classmates or other civilians because he is often asked about his personal experience on the battlefield, which he doesn’t feel comfortable recalling.

"Did you kill anybody? That's the first thing they want to know,” said Villanueva.

When it comes to adjusting to civilian life, Villanueva surrounds himself with other veterans at STC that he can relate to.

STC has a Veteran’s Affair office that offers veteran students a variety of resources, from helping them apply for education benefits to providing peer-to-peer sessions once a month.

For more information about STC’s resources for veterans, click here.

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