[caption id="attachment_50854" align="alignleft" width="215"] West Virginia University offers veterans courses in history, public speaking, and on transitioning from military to student life.[/caption]

The students in the Saturday morning class trickle in and, as they introduce themselves around a table, reveal far more intimate biographies than just name and hometown.

One confesses to demons he struggles to control. Another says he's here to find a community. "Forgive me," an Iraq war veteran begins haltingly. "I have to use notes. I have a brain injury."

The students are participants in a veterans writing seminar at George Washington...

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