Heather Weinstein, director of student support services at CCV, said they are educating faculty members about the challenges of working with vets. For example, a loud noise in class would cause most students to stop and look briefly, then return to their studies.
"For a veteran, if they hear a book fall on the floor, that loud noise that can trigger a really strong response -- it's a physical response, a mental response. They might not be able to regain that focus for the rest of the class," she said. "I think for a teacher to have that awareness is really, really important."
More than a decade after the country went to war following the 9/11 terror attacks, hundreds and possibly thousands of Vermont veterans have deployed to and returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. Many also want to go to school or get technical training.
They're entitled to a variety of programs, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Nationwide, more than 80 percent of military students who enroll in college drop out during their first year, according to statistics from Johnson State.
At Norwich University in Northfield, the nation's oldest private military college, about 200 veterans are part of the 2,200-undergraduate student body. In 2009, Norwich says it was the first college in Vermont, and one of the first in the nation, to create a full-time veteran advocate position and an on-site Veterans' Resource Center.