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Military Life Narratives and Identity Development among Black Post-9/11 Veterans

Military culture is heterogenous and comprised of various subcultures with their own distinct military identity. The call for cultural competence has remained ubiquitous within the mental health field for decades, and a great need exists to provide increasingly culturally sensitive…

Identification/Non-Identification Among U.K. Veterans in Scotland

This article seeks to establish how, and why, older U.K. Armed Forces veterans resident in Scotland identify as veterans. We consider both the profile and the nature of the aged veteran population in Scotland and consider the nature of inclusion…

Embracing Diverse Women Veteran Narratives: Intersectionality and Women Veteran’s Identity

Women veterans are the fastest-growing population of veterans, yet women still face many barriers while serving and after leaving the military. An often-overlooked aspect in research and literature is how women develop their identity as veterans from their experiences of…

Unique Needs and Challenges of Women Veteran Students with Disabilities: Conceptualizing Identity in Higher Education

This paper focuses on interviews conducted with women veterans with disabilities in Virginia and how they feel their needs would best be met as they transition to civilian college life. The interview questions were designed to capture the basic experiences…

Mental Representations of Military Veterans: The Pictures (and Words) In Our Heads

There has been much popular and academic discussion concerning the public’s mental “pictures” of US military veterans, a group afforded symbolic capital but also stereotyped by American society. Nevertheless, we have little empirical research concerning how the public thinks about…

Between Order and Execution: A Phenomenological Approach to the Role of Relationships in Military Culture

Despite the growing recognition that military identity and veteran identity are interrelated, there is scant literature that seeks to describe or define military culture—perhaps an indication of the degree to which veterans and civilians alike take military culture for granted…

Forgotten Taiwanese Veteran’s Memory of Compulsory Service

Having withdrawn in utter defeat in 1949, Chiang Kai-shek militarized the island of Taiwan with the express purpose of retaking China. Compulsory military service of every able-bodied man, except Chiang’s grandsons and those of the elite ruling class, had been…

A Personal Reckoning with Veteran Identity

As a former career Army officer and a veteran of 25 years, I explore the evolution of my own veteran identity and its inherent assumptions, and examine how veteran identity is shaped and transformed by a variety of factors. Through…

Nietzsche’s Abyss: This Veteran’s Dilemma

I have discovered a disconnect in my narrative. I recognize that I had compartmentalized my life: there were my growing up years, my service years in the United States Navy, my college years, and the years of my professional life.…

TimeBank Shoulder to Shoulder Online Mentoring Pilot: Final Evaluation Report

The Shoulder to Shoulder Online pilot matched vulnerable veterans with a volunteer mentor. Once paired, mentors and mentees met regularly on the Odro video conferencing platform to talk, develop and implement a plan to achieve lasting change. This included encouraging…