2nd Volume of Journal of Military Experience Expands to Include Contributors Worldwide

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­The second volume of “The Journal of Military Experience,” a product that originated in 2011 with student veterans at Eastern Kentucky University, brings together the works of 53 artists, authors, poets and scholars interested in teaching the world about the nature and consequence of military service.

The just-published latest edition has expanded its outreach to include veterans from throughout the U.S. and researchers worldwide. The intent, said Editor Travis Martin, is to “facilitate a dialogue that can bridge the gap between civilians and those who serve.”

Editors worked one-on-one with veterans from conflicts spanning the last half century to produce the Journal. The scholarship, Martin said, deals with issues related to veterans in higher education, literary analyses, and the role of arts education among deployed troops.

“While expanding in range and scope, the JME remains focused upon being the blank page or canvas that veterans can turn to for help when they want to express themselves on their own terms.”

The book is available from on-line booksellers, and at Hastings in Richmond, the campus bookstore and the EKU Veterans Affairs Office, Room 442 of the Student Success Building.

The inaugural Journal of Military Experience received one of 14 National Literacy Grants from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Also, the Student Veterans of America recognized EKU VETS as Program of the Year for the Journal.

The last two years, among the nation’s four-year colleges and universities, EKU has earned No. 1 and No. 2 national rankings, respectively, from Military Times EDGE magazine for its commitment to helping military veterans further their education. It was also recognized by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In 2010, Eastern launched Operation Veteran Success, a series of initiatives designed to make the university even more veteran-helpful.

Earlier this year, EKU passed a milestone, with now more than 1,000 military veterans and their dependents enrolled at the university.

Published on July 05, 2012