Editor's note

The Post-9/11 GI Bill has helped more than a million veterans go to college by paying for expenses such as tuition, textbooks and housing. However, writes UC Riverside’s Ann Cheney, it fails to provide support for “emotional and psychological stress” as veterans make a difficult transition from military to student life.

There’s no one story that describes the experience of America’s more than 20 million veterans, writes James Dubinsky of Virginia Tech. Poetry by veterans, however, may help us connect to “those who have not come home, those who have and those who have but who are caught in that space between here and there.”

And, a toxicologist turned genealogist did a bit of sleuthing to try to find out why thousands of World War I soldiers and service men, who were otherwise healthy, died from the flu during the infamous 1918 pandemic. “With men mobilizing for World War I, the flu spread to military installations throughout the U.S,” writes Dartmouth College’s Ruth Craig. But why?

Kalpana Jain

Religion + Ethics Editor

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For veterans going back to school, student life can involve many stresses. US Department of Education

The emotional challenges of student veterans on campus

Ann Cheney, University of California, Riverside

Since 2009, nearly one million veterans have benefited from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which helps them pay for tuition and other expenses. A scholar explains how it's a hard transition.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Veterans turned poets can help bridge divides

James Dubinsky, Virginia Tech

Civilians have become so far removed from the military and war, it can be hard to understand veterans. Their poetry can help us connect.

Beds with patients in an emergency hospital in Camp Funston, Kansas, during the influenza epidemic around 1918. National Museum of Health and Medicine.

The mystery of a 1918 veteran and the flu pandemic

Ruth Craig, Dartmouth College

Many healthy young men and women, including military personnel, died in the 1918 flu pandemic. It's a reminder of how dangerous influenza can be.

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  • Helping military service members complete college

    Jonathan Smith, Georgia State University

    Every year, thousands of active military and veterans enroll as undergrads, but only half leave with a degree. What cheap and effective strategies could help our military complete college?

Ethics + Religion

  • What is moral injury in veterans?

    Holly Arrow, University of Oregon; William M. Schumacher, University of Oregon

    The inability to reconcile wartime actions with a personal moral code can create lasting psychological consequences for veterans.

Health + Medicine

  • Caring for veterans: A privilege and a duty

    Sanjay Saint, University of Michigan

    A physician who has spent 25 years working within VA hospitals reflects on what it has meant to him to serve those who have served our country.

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Armistice Day

How Woodrow Wilson's propaganda machine changed American journalism

Christopher B. Daly, Boston University

An executive order signed in 1917 created what's been called 'the nation's first ministry of information.' The media are still feeling its impact.

From shell-shock to PTSD, a century of invisible war trauma

MaryCatherine McDonald, Old Dominion University; Marisa Brandt, Michigan State University; Robyn Bluhm, Michigan State University

Mental health trauma has always been a part of war. Treatments have come a long way over the last century, but we still don't understand why the responses change for different people and times.

How World War I sparked the artistic movement that transformed black America

Elizabeth J. West, Georgia State University

Many associate post-World War I culture with Hemingway and Fitzgerald's Lost Generation. But for black artists, writers and thinkers, the war changed the way they saw their past and their future.

Why women's peace activism in World War I matters now

Anya Jabour, The University of Montana

A century ago, American women organized to protest World War I. The fact that their efforts failed isn't the most important point.

How World War I ushered in the century of oil

Brian C. Black, Pennsylvania State University

Before World War I, petroleum had few practical uses, but it emerged from the war as a strategic global asset necessary for national stability and security.

How Christianity shaped the experience and memories of World War I

Jonathan Ebel, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Writings at the time of WWI aimed to construct a religiously diverse and conflicted America into a virtuous, Christian nation. This narrative continued in the cemeteries for the war heroes.