Kevin Wiles is a 10-year Navy veteran who ran nuclear reactors on board submarines. He is married to a retired Naval officer and proud father of a daughter who is an active duty Navy corpsman. Upon returning to civilian life he worked for several years in high technology manufacturing and then managed hydroelectric facilities.
When his interests shifted, Wiles returned to school to finish his undergraduate degree in psychology at the UO and was accepted as the first undergraduate intern therapist at the Eugene Vet Center, a mental healthcare facility for combat and military veterans. While admitted into the counseling psychology PhD program at the UO, he received further clinical training at Lane Community College and the Child and Family Center. In addition, he worked as a career counselor in a GTF position at the UO Career Center. He earned his MS in counseling, family and human services and now works for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a vocational rehabilitation specialist. In this role, he helps homeless veterans who are reintegrating into the community by providing supported employment services and counseling, in conjunction with housing and mental and physical healthcare. His goal is to present options and resources to veterans, who are often at a crossroads, such that there is a "no closed door" policy for those who are seeking assistance.
Wiles has both taught and guest lectured at the university and community college level, spanning topics such as veterans' benefits, veterans' oral history, family and human services, and career development. He has conducted numerous seminars for faculty and staff, students and community members on the topics of trauma, military culture, and veteran transitions, and continues to be a mentor for many student veterans on campus through the UO Veterans and Families Student Association (VFSA). He also manages PTSD and substance abuse recovery groups for veterans in the VA healthcare system.