Local veteran works out his post-service plan
- August 30, 2010
- David Curry, sociology and economics undergraduate, is featured in The Signal August 30, 2010
From The Signal:
To help cope with combat-related trauma, the U.S. Army put Watanabe through hypnosis sessions. "It just relaxed me completely," said Watanabe, who struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder. "I would come in regularly, once a day for about an hour. The anxiety was almost gone for that time." Now the 24-year-old Iraq combat vet, who returned home to Saugus in 2007, hopes he can use the hypnotherapy experience to help others like him.... Vets who can go back to school and find an accompanying vocational program face a "win-win" opportunity, Thomas said. David Curry, a student at the University of California, Irvine, believes this is the best combination for veterans. The fifth-year sociology and economics student conducted an academic study on military transition and combat reintegration. Specifically, he studied 34 veterans and evaluated the two-to-four-day transition programs military members undergo before leaving the service. "Essentially, these programs teach exiting service members how to write a resume, interviewing skills - a lot of it is giving you access to a bunch of job sites and a job bank," he said. "It really doesn't touch on the process of what it's like to apply and enroll in an institution of higher education for the process of planning a job."
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