In its 150 years of serving the state of Kansas as a land-grant university, Kansas State University has also taken care of those who have served our country.
K-State is home to the state's largest military population in higher education, thanks in part to its proximity to the Army's Fort Riley. The university has been nationally recognized for its military inclusiveness largely due to its accessible degree programs, transition assistance, career and employment services, and the expertise needed to serve a new generation of veterans and their families.
The K-State community firmly believes that veterans and service members make our university stronger, so it's our job to keep them strong. Briana Nelson Goff, professor of family studies and human services, is one of several university researchers studying military-related issues.
Nelson Goff developed the Trauma Research, Education and Consultation — or TRECK — team, which focuses on soldiers who have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Additionally, Nelson Goff serves as the director of the Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families, where she develops collaborative educational, research and clinical programs for military families.
"There are many programs available for military services members and families, but most focus on only the soldiers, and not the whole family," Nelson Goff said. "Our research is important as we recognize the long-term effects from deployments. We want to encourage trauma survivors and their partners to get help, whether they're in the military or not."
While the institute is paving the way for military families, other university programs are helping veterans and their families navigate higher education today. K-State offers the Office of Military Affairs, which serves as a link to military institutional and community partners, and the Office of Veterans Affairs, which assists veterans and service members who are current K-State students. Additionally, a military services coordinator maintains office hours on post in Fort Riley.
Suffice it to say, the military and K-State are permanently intertwined. We put our veterans and their families first, because they sacrifice to put our nation first.
That's the Wildcat Way.