Andrea Signor is a freelance journalist living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She earned her master's in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has covered the military for more than five years for a variety of news outlets.
Editor’s note: The following story of purpose and perseverance highlights a veteran who works at Epicor. Committed to filling its ranks with talented members of the military community, Epicor is a Hirepurpose client. Learn more here.
Brianna McMeekin never thought she would devote her career to working with veterans. Hired as a career counselor for the University of Pittsburgh, McMeekin works with the school’s nontraditional students. Eight months into the job, she recognized the need to concentrate on the school’s student veteran population.
Editor’s note: June 27 marks PTSD Awareness Day. Enacted by Congress in 2010, the day is supposed to raise awareness of the condition, its effect on individuals and their families, and possible treatments. In a June 20 article in USA Today, Gregg Zoroya wrote about the “potential flood of war-related” cases of post-traumatic stress disorder that scientists anticipate. According to a 300-page report, cases of service-connected PTSD increased tenfold between 2004 and 2012 to more than 650,000 among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. And more veterans are coming to the realization that they may not have escaped the invisible wounds of war.