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VUB staff member recognized for her work with veterans

Krystol Stinson, Outreach Coordinator for Veterans Upward Bound at WKU, was recognized April 14 as a Daily Point of Light award winner as part of National Volunteer Week.

Krystol Stinson

Krystol Stinson

Stinson, who lives in Scottsville, was honored for her work with the veterans community in southcentral Kentucky. She is a WKU graduate and retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years of service.

Here’s an excerpt from the Daily Points of Light item When Veterans Don’t Feel Like Heroes, This Vet Steps In:

Transitioning from the battlefields back to civilian life is perhaps one of the toughest parts of the job for many of our service men and women.

“One of the hardest things a vet faces when they come home is the stigma of hero,” says veteran Krystol Stinson. “A guy who went to combat and saw two of his buddies blown up and he comes back whole – he doesn’t think he’s a hero. And a lot of times he doesn’t think he’s the lucky one. He may be the one who remained alive but to him, he’s not a hero.”

Those feelings are alienating, and – for the vets dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD – they can be terrifying. “For the individuals that come home, it’s hard for them to understand the public’s culture of hero, and that title starts getting applied to them everywhere they go,” Stinson says.

She knows what she’s talking about. During her 20 years with the U.S. Navy, she completed two tours of duty in Iraq in 1993 and 2002. Now retired from the Navy, she works with returning veterans who struggle with mental health and finding employment.

Continue reading about Stinson’s work with veterans.

More: Information about WKU’s resources for veterans

Contact: Rick Wright, (270) 745-5008

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