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Davenport U. providing library study area for vets

David Moore
April 4, 2013 | WGVU  

Now, while it’s true that libraries are generally peaceful places, that quiet can actually be troublesome for military veterans transiting back to civilian life.  So, Davenport University has set up a special study area for returning vets.

Jonathon Hartland is with Davenport’s Military and Veteran’s Services Department.  He says the modified environment benefits Veterans coming back to civilian life-veterans who may return with psychological issues like post-traumatic stress (PTS) or a strong startle response. 

Highman said “Having your back to a door or not being able to see the door is distracting.  They’re constantly wanting to know if someone’s coming through the door, is there a chance of the door opening.  If there’s a window in there, who’s walking by the window and who’s looking in.  Sometimes it’s subconscious, sometimes they’re very well aware that it’s a distraction.”

In the room, chairs face the door and windows are curtained.  There’s also a place to post colors from the four services to create a sense of camaraderie. 

The study room was dedicated Wednesday, inside the Lettinga Campus Library.


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