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WCSH6 features USM student veterans helping their peers

Stephen White

University of Southern Maine student veteran Stephen White was recently featured on News Center Maine (WCSH6) for his role in helping veterans transition back into civilian life and enroll in college.

White, an Air Force veteran, co-createdthe Maine Student Veterans Alliance - Husky Chapter to connect veterans leaving the Armed Forces with the services they need to succeed.

“It boils down to stigma," White told the Portland news station. "Veterans don't want to ask for help, especially about something as personal as how they're coping with wartime or military trauma.

"We have to welcome them and we have to make sure the services are easy to access, because it's hard to ask for help," he continued.

USM student veteran Mary Swanson was also featured in the piece, viewable on the News Center Maine website.