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As members of the Dissertation Committee, we certify that we have read the dissertation prepared by Gregory Ivan Redhouse, titled The University Experiences of Post-9/11 Native American Veterans: Strategic Support for Inclusion, Retention, and Success and recommend that it be accepted as fulfilling the dissertation requirement for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
I am not quite sure where to start but here it goes. I have worked myself through the quagmire that is PTSD. Granted, the right trigger brings some of it back, but I have been able to come back to life again. It was not through the military experience, but through a familial one. Certainly not an uncommon story. One of the ways that I put it in my rear view mirror, is that in 1986 I climbed into a kayak and attempted to paddle to Alaska from Seattle. Although the trip was not a success (I still paddled about 300 miles) it taught me valuable lessons. It literally changed my life. Fast forward to today. For a number of years the trip has always been in the back of my mind. Today I am building a modern version of a Native inspired “Baidarka.” I have been invited to join a Native paddle next year to break in the “Dancing Otter.” By the way, I am not a Native, but stand alongside them to help their causes. As a veteran (U.S.C.G, Hospital Corpsman ’79-83) it strikes me that for Native veterans a trip down the Inside Passage, stopping off at Native villages along the way, could be journey that can help heal them. I realize that 2018 (my selected time, but that is open to discussion) is still far in the future, but plans need to be established. I am not sure where this letter will end up, perhaps someone can give me a heads up as to whom I should talk to next.
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