Travis L. Martin is founding director of the Kentucky Center for Veterans Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. He has established several nationally recognized programs to support returning veterans in higher education and the nonprofit sector. A scholar of American literature, psychoanalytic trauma theory, and social theory, Martin presents frequently at conferences and universities. He has published dozens of research articles and creative short works on veterans’ issues. As a sergeant in the US Army, he served during two deployments in the Iraq War (2003–2004 and 2005).