New local student veterans group highlights issues faced by veterans as they return to civilian life

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When people think of the issues faced by veterans in their return to civilian life, the mind often goes to stereotypes: trauma, PTSD, disability. That’s not the only story to tell, said Jonathan Hurly, president of the Saint Louis University Veterans Association.

“The issue is that we’re focusing a lot on ‘the issues,’” Hurly told St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh. “… We’re on the hunt for a contribution to society. Now, more than ever, we need resilience and leadership in politics, communities and businesses. Where we’re going to get them, just like we saw with the Service Members Reintegration Act of World War II, is this commitment to leadership and service that veterans bring home with them.

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