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08 / 29 / 16

STRATEGIC SUPPORT FOR INCLUSION, RETENTION, AND SUCCESS

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.

Native Veterans and PTSD

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.
Thank you very much for reading this!
Peter Marquardt

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