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Veteran Finds Home, Hope as EKU Student
Students derive many benefits from attending Eastern Kentucky University.
It's the academic preparation toward a dream job. It's the mentoring by faculty and staff. It's the social opportunities. It's the support services.
For Benjamin Congleton, it's all that and much more. "It's therapy."
Like many of his some 1,300 fellow military veterans enrolled at Eastern, the former Marine (2004-10) suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) stemming from two eight-month deployments in Iraq with the 3/8 India Co., often in close-quarters combat.
Upon returning to Kentucky, though, the Lexington native found himself "essentially homeless, couch-surfing," relying on the generosity of friends for food and shelter for a couple of years.
"I was in a real low, low place," he said.
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