You raise an interesting point – how do we measure success/a successful transition? I conducted research examining the histories of 50 ‘successful’ veterans – success being self-applied by the veterans themselves and generally, after discharge from military service, equated to the absence of the usual and known negatives. Some or…[Read more]
Great overview Nick. A return to the tribe is very much something that Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Clubs provide in often subtle ways.
I closely observed participants at a Breakfast Club over several weeks and recorded many events related to tribal behaviour, one in particular comes to mind.
Someone drops a plate in the kitchen which…[Read more]
Jim McDermott replied to the topic Q3 Academics in the military/veterans/families research world in the forum Forum Takeover 4 months ago
Like what you say Nick and I echo Lauren’s remark that those with a military background can more easily develop a rapport with veteran interviewees – because the interviewer (appearing as a civilian) DOES understand. I experienced this when trying to find participants for my research thesis. Initially I described myself as a post Grad student at…[Read more]
Jim McDermott replied to the topic Q1 Starting to research within the veterans and families sphere in the forum Forum Takeover 4 months ago
To build a solid foundation for any research there is a clear need for a good grasp of research principles and theoretical themes and perspectives. The themes and principles being those appropriate to the discipline involved, sociological, medical, psychological and so on. My own discipline is Sociology and as an army veteran I am familiar with…[Read more]
First of all congratulations on finishing your PhD, I trust you found time to celebrate appropriately!
I look forward to being able to read your work once the link is published. I have a particular interest
not just in veterans issues generally but also your study sparked my attention because all three of my children
went to Armed…[Read more]
Some interesting titles here; clearly matters military are keeping a lot of writers busy. I am reading a couple of of tomes at the moment – applying my own doctrine of only recommending book I have actually read and Lockdown certainly helps!
Hi Claire, your work sounds interesting and any papers you subsequently publish, including your finished Ph.D. will certainly be a useful contribution to this hub’s research collection. We don’t know what stage you are at with your research (and good luck with that, by the way) but if you are still seeking research participants then you could…[Read more]
In case you thought you were being ignored here is some info. you probably already know of these sources but here goes anyway:
1. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – research.va.gov
Ongoing large-scale initiatives designed to improve the health of Veterans with TBI include the Traumatic Brain Injury…[Read more]
Hi Kristina,thanks. Waiting for the peer review process to be completed and then for the editor’s final decision to be made has taken ages and is very frustrating. I hope to hear very soon.
Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Clubs.
I completed a qualitative research project in 2018 and wrote a journal paper on the incredible increase in the number of Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Clubs (AFVBC) in all parts of the UK and a few in other parts of the world. The paper, in its second revision, is being peer-reviewed and I hope soon…[Read more]
Factsheet ‘Wishes and needs of veterans’ in the Netherlands
[Reference: Veteraneninstituut, 2014. Wishes and needs of veterans. Fact Sheet.]
This excellent factsheet is dated Dec 2014 but it has clearly been well researched and is equally as relevant, to the well being of Veterans, today in 2019 as it was 5 years ago.
It begins by asking: “Wh…[Read more]
Jim McDermott started the topic A Good Read – 'RECOVERY- by army veteran Russell Wright in the forum Mental Health 2 years, 1 month ago
The key and important message from this interesting and moving book is neatly captured in its sub title:
“There is help for Veterans and their families. You just have to be ready to take it. PTSD is not the end.
Russell’s story reads in places like a Victorian melodrama as he describes his fall from positions of trust and importance to near des…[Read more]
Both Matt and Mary Beth make excellent points in opening a discussion on Veteran well-being. Matt is so right when he says that veteran well-being should be more than just the binary of in or out of employment. Of interest perhaps is that the US the Department of Labor tracks veterans’ performance outcomes and has done for many years. The E…[Read more]
When I completed my doctoral thesis in 2007 I was able to write that, whilst there was considerable research into the plight of US veterans, very little work had been published up until then on the lives and stories of British armed forces veterans. Since 2007 there has been a considerable increase in British armed forces…[Read more]
There would appear to be some therapeutic benefit to veterans playing roles in military-themed lays. Veterans are also very keen to point out inaccuracies in dress and equipment, sequences of events in re-lived situations and in particular, the way soldiers relate and speak to each other, especially at different rank levels. One veteran told me…[Read more]
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