Nikolai Silvia Interview, November 6, 2020


Nikolai Silvia


Carly Cushman



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Nikolai Silvia describes his experiences serving in the United States Army. He talks about doing tours in Iraq and Qatar and compares what it was like to be in each country. He describes the struggle to adjust to civilian life following his service and discusses what social and medical services are available for veterans to assist them with the transition. He discusses how being in college on the G.I. bill can be difficult due to the time gap between the dispersement of funds and when the money is needed in order to pay expenses.


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Document Type

Oral History


Higher Education—Montana; University of Montana—Missoula; U.S. Military; U.S. Armed Forces; Military veterans; War veterans; Basic training

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Missoula (Mont.); Iraq; Qatar



Original Collection

The Veteran’s Experience Oral History Project, OH 472

Holding Institution

University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights Statement

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Rights Holder

Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 472-016

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (00:23:54): digital + 1 transcript (15 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:23:54 minutes

Local Filename

OH_472_016.mp3; OH_472_016.pdf

Nikolai Silvia Interview, November 6, 2020