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.
Higher Education—Montana; University of Montana—Missoula; U.S. Military; U.S. Armed Forces; Military veterans; War veterans; Basic training
Missoula (Mont.); Iraq; Qatar
The Veteran’s Experience Oral History Project, OH 472
University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections
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1 MP3 file (00:23:54): digital + 1 transcript (15 pp.: 28 cm.)
Silvia, Nikolai, "Nikolai Silvia Interview, November 6, 2020" (2020). The Veteran’s Experience Oral History Project. 13.