Military Veteran Reintegration

Military Veteran Reintegration
Approach, Management, and Assessment of Military Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life

by Carl Castro,Sanela Dursun

  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Release : 2019-08-21
  • Pages : 270
  • ISBN : 012815313X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Military Veteran Reintegration: Approach, Management, and Assessment of Military Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life offers a toolkit for researchers and practitioners on best practices for easing the reintegration of military veterans returning to civilian society. It lays out how transition occurs, identifies factors that promote or impede transition, and operationalizes outcomes associated with transition success. Bringing together experts from around the world to address the most important aspects of military transition, the book looks at what has been shown to work and what has not, while also offering a roadmap for best-results moving forward. Contains evidence-based interventions for military veteran-to-civilian transition Features international experts from North America, Europe and Asia Includes how to measure transition outcomes Outlines recovery programs for the injured and sick Identifies factors that promote or impede successful transition

Fields of Combat

Fields of Combat
Understanding PTSD among Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan

by Erin P. Finley

  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release : 2011-04-07
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 9780801461187
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"If you consider Iraq—like I do, probably twenty-nine out of thirty days—to be the pinnacle of your life, then where do you go from there? And I'm sure that a lot of veterans feel that way. To them, that was it. That was everything. So now what? They have to find something meaningful and purposeful." "When I got back from Afghanistan, there was not even so much as a briefing that said, 'Let us know if you're having problems.' There wasn't so much as a phone number. There was literally nothing." "I knew it was crazy. I was thinking, the guy on the roof's either a sniper or he's going to radio ahead. And then I thought, this is San Antonio. There's not snipers on the roof, nobody's going to blow me up here." "Whenever I look at people back here at home, I know what they're going to look like dead. I know what they look like with their brains blown out or jaws blown off or eyes pulled out. When I look at somebody I see that, to this day." —Voices of veterans interviewed in Fields of Combat For many of the 1.6 million U.S. service members who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, the trip home is only the beginning of a longer journey. Many undergo an awkward period of readjustment to civilian life after long deployments. Some veterans may find themselves drinking too much, unable to sleep or waking from unspeakable dreams, lashing out at friends and loved ones. Over time, some will struggle so profoundly that they eventually are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress Disorder (PTSD). Both heartbreaking and hopeful, Fields of Combat tells the story of how American veterans and their families navigate the return home. Following a group of veterans and their personal stories of war, trauma, and recovery, Erin P. Finley illustrates the devastating impact PTSD can have on veterans and their families. Finley sensitively explores issues of substance abuse, failed relationships, domestic violence, and even suicide and also challenges popular ideas of PTSD as incurable and permanently debilitating. Drawing on rich, often searing ethnographic material, Finley examines the cultural, political, and historical influences that shape individual experiences of PTSD and how its sufferers are perceived by the military, medical personnel, and society at large. Despite widespread media coverage and public controversy over the military's response to wounded and traumatized service members, debate continues over how best to provide treatment and compensation for service-related disabilities. Meanwhile, new and highly effective treatments are revolutionizing how the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides trauma care, redefining the way PTSD itself is understood in the process. Carefully and compassionately untangling each of these conflicts, Fields of Combat reveals the very real implications they have for veterans living with PTSD and offers recommendations to improve how we care for this vulnerable but resilient population.

The Civilian Lives of U.S. Veterans: Issues and Identities [2 volumes]

The Civilian Lives of U.S. Veterans: Issues and Identities [2 volumes]
A Book

by Louis Hicks,Eugenia L. Weiss,Jose E. Coll

  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release : 2016-12-05
  • Pages : 794
  • ISBN : 1440842795
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this book, 50 experts study the lives of U.S. veterans at work, at home, and in American society as they navigate issues regarding health, gender, public service, substance abuse, and homelessness. • Considers the changing demographics of U.S. veterans as compared to previous generations of military personnel • Shows the impact that veterans are having on federal, state, and local government organizations • Describes how servicemembers transition from active duty to veteran status • Includes cross references for ease of use

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2014

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Request for Fiscal Year 2014
Hearing Before the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, Thursday, April 11, 2013

by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Veterans' Affairs

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2014
  • Pages : 113
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Military Past, Civilian Present

Military Past, Civilian Present
International Perspectives on Veterans' Transition from the Armed Forces

by Paul Taylor,Emma Murray,Katherine Albertson

  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2019-11-17
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 3030308294
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This edited book presents a synthesis of current international knowledge on the topic of military veteran transition to civilian life. Understanding the transition of individuals from military institutions to civilian life is of great importance. The essential elements of transition support are currently widely debated in order to assess current practice and potential shortcomings in the intention to improve health, welfare and social outcomes for military veterans. This text links original research and critical commentary to public policy and practice in the area of veteran transition. Doing so through a collection of international perspectives assists in locating continuity and difference between strategies, agendas and the realities of what is actually known of the veteran’s experience. Chapters in this text examine the subject of transition along lines of enquiry that focus in on themes such as social justice, veteran identity and developments in transition agendas. Globally, many veterans face complex social issues such as low income, barriers to employment, and problems of health and welfare. Chapters take stock of the real-world issues affecting veterans and at the same time casts a critical eye over the limitations in accessing, or denial of access to opportunities, support and remedy. The veteran identity is an important dimension of enquiry here. This book looks at the relational factors between the veteran and the public, the creation of a master status and the challenges faced by veterans in transitioning into a cultural context that is saturated with imagery of what a veteran ‘is’. Chapters also seek to pose recommendations as to how the policy and practice agenda that surrounds veterans and the bridging of the gap between military and civilian life may be developed. Here authors point towards the value of knowledge, research and analysis that is underpinned by participatory strategies with veterans themselves. For example, seeking to establish lines of enquiry that value the voice of veterans as an ongoing and iterative dimension of developing understanding.

The Veterans' Transition Review

The Veterans' Transition Review
A Book

by Michael Ashcroft

  • Publisher : Biteback Publishing
  • Release : 2014-02-11
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN : 1849547254
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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As the Prime Minister's Special Representative on Veterans' Transition, Lord Ashcroft conducted a comprehensive review of all aspects of the move from a career in the Armed Forces to civilian life. The Veterans' Transition Review, published in February 2014, documents his findings and recommendations. Based on consultation with the Forces, the MOD and wider government, industry and charities - as well as hundreds of former Service personnel and their families - the Review includes more than 50 proposals to improve transition in fields including education, employment, health, housing, welfare, finance, information provision, the charity sector, and the way society perceives Service Leavers.

Military Transition Theory

Military Transition Theory
A Book

by Carl Andrew Castro,Sara Kintzle

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2016-11-07
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9783319438436
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book explores the process through which service members transition from military to civilian life, and the implications of that transition on their mental and physical well-being and functioning. The authors present a theoretical framework that helps conceptualize the process of military transition. The theory is broken into three overlapping components: approaching military transition, which outlines the personal, cultural and transitional factors that create the base of the transition trajectory; managing the transition, which explores the factors impacting the transition's trajectory; and assessing the transition, which describes the outcome of the transition in the realms of work, family, health, and general well-being. The authors then demonstrate how this framework can be applied to practice, providing an opportunity to redefine how we help veterans.

Supporting the Military-Affiliated Learner

Supporting the Military-Affiliated Learner
Communication Approaches to Military Pedagogy and Education

by Victoria McDermott,Leandra Hinojosa Hernández,Amy R. May

  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Release : 2020-12-10
  • Pages : 456
  • ISBN : 1793618097
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Supporting the Military-Affiliated Learner: Communication Approaches to Military Pedagogy & Education challenges the academic community to 1) reevaluate how they support military-affiliated learners (MALs) and address how the military-civilian-academic divide causes disparities and barriers to MAL academic achievement and retention and 2) implement programs and develop strategies to facilitate equitable academic integration from application to graduation. With contributions from veterans, military spouses, and communication educators, the chapters explicate barriers that MALs face when trying to transition to, navigate, and succeed in higher education. This edited volume explores the impact of the diversity and nuances of MAL identities on their experiences in higher education; promotes military competence by providing opportunities for educators and support staff to learn about potential barriers and promote best practices for connecting with MALs and validating their lived experiences; examines how technology/computer-mediated communication may be used to facilitate community building and promote connectedness for MALs within face-to-face and digital spheres. This book is intended to be a resource guide for administrators, policymakers, and educators by providing tangible strategies, recommendations, and resources to promote the academic success of MALs navigating higher education.

Discourses We Live By: Narratives of Educational and Social Endeavour

Discourses We Live By: Narratives of Educational and Social Endeavour
A Book

by Hazel R. Wright,Marianne Høyen

  • Publisher : Open Book Publishers
  • Release : 2020-07-03
  • Pages : 642
  • ISBN : 1783748540
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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What are the influences that govern how people view their worlds? What are the embedded values and practices that underpin the ways people think and act? Discourses We Live By approaches these questions through narrative research, in a process that uses words, images, activities or artefacts to ask people – either individually or collectively within social groupings – to examine, discuss, portray or otherwise make public their place in the world, their sense of belonging to (and identity within) the physical and cultural space they inhabit. This book is a rich and multifaceted collection of twenty-eight chapters that use varied lenses to examine the discourses that shape people’s lives. The contributors are themselves from many backgrounds – different academic disciplines within the humanities and social sciences, diverse professional practices and a range of countries and cultures. They represent a broad spectrum of age, status and outlook, and variously apply their research methods – but share a common interest in people, their lives, thoughts and actions. Gathering such eclectic experiences as those of student-teachers in Kenya, a released prisoner in Denmark, academics in Colombia, a group of migrants learning English, and gambling addiction support-workers in Italy, alongside more mainstream educational themes, the book presents a fascinating array of insights. Discourses We Live By will be essential reading for adult educators and practitioners, those involved with educational and professional practice, narrative researchers, and many sociologists. It will appeal to all who want to know how narratives shape the way we live and the way we talk about our lives.

Demobilized Veterans in Late Stalinist Leningrad

Demobilized Veterans in Late Stalinist Leningrad
Soldiers to Civilians

by Robert Dale

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2015-10-29
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1472590783
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book investigates the demobilization and post-war readjustment of Red Army veterans in Leningrad and its environs after the Great Patriotic War. Over 300,000 soldiers were stood down in this war-ravaged region between July 1945 and 1948. They found the transition to civilian life more challenging than many could ever have imagined. For civilian Leningraders, reintegrating the rapid influx of former soldiers represented an enormous political, economic, social and cultural challenge. In this book, Robert Dale reveals how these former soldiers became civilians in a society devastated and traumatized by total warfare. Dale discusses how, and how successfully, veterans became ordinary citizens. Based on extensive original research in local and national archives, oral history interviews and the examination of various newspaper collections, Demobilized Veterans in Late Stalinist Leningrad peels back the myths woven around demobilization, to reveal a darker history repressed by society and concealed from historiography. While propaganda celebrated this disarmament as a smooth process which reunited veterans with their families, reintegrated them into the workforce and facilitated upward social mobility, the reality was rarely straightforward. Many veterans were caught up in the scramble for work, housing, healthcare and state hand-outs. Others drifted to the social margins, criminality or became the victims of post-war political repression. Demobilized Veterans in Late Stalinist Leningrad tells the story of both the failure of local representatives to support returning Soviet soldiers, and the remarkable resilience and creativity of veterans in solving the problems created by their return to society. It is a vital study for all scholars and students of post-war Soviet history and the impact of war in the modern era.

Returning Home from Iraq and Afghanistan

Returning Home from Iraq and Afghanistan
Preliminary Assessment of Readjustment Needs of Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families

by Institute of Medicine,Board on the Health of Select Populations,Committee on the Initial Assessment of Readjustment Needs of Military Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families

  • Publisher : National Academies Press
  • Release : 2010-03-31
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 9780309152853
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Nearly 1.9 million U.S. troops have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq since October 2001. Many service members and veterans face serious challenges in readjusting to normal life after returning home. This initial book presents findings on the most critical challenges, and lays out the blueprint for the second phase of the study to determine how best to meet the needs of returning troops and their families.

Preventing Psychological Disorders in Service Members and Their Families

Preventing Psychological Disorders in Service Members and Their Families
An Assessment of Programs

by Institute of Medicine,Board on the Health of Select Populations,Committee on the Assessment of Resiliency and Prevention Programs for Mental and Behavioral Health in Service Members and Their Families

  • Publisher : National Academies Press
  • Release : 2014-02-11
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN : 0309297184
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Being deployed to a war zone can result in numerous adverse psychological health conditions. It is well documented in the literature that there are high rates of psychological disorders among military personnel serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq as well as among the service members' families. For service members' families, the degree of hardship and negative consequences rises with the amount of the service members' exposure to traumatic or life-altering experiences. Adult and child members of the families of service members who experience wartime deployments have been found to be at increased risk for symptoms of psychological disorders and to be more likely to use mental health services. In an effort to provide early recognition and early intervention that meet the psychological health needs of service members and their families, DOD currently screens for many of these conditions at numerous points during the military life cycle, and it is implementing structural interventions that support the improved integration of military line personnel, non-medical caregivers, and clinicians, such as RESPECT-Mil (Re-engineering Systems of Primary Care Treatment in the Military), embedded mental health providers, and the Patient-Centered Medical Home. Preventing Psychological Disorders in Service Members and Their Families evaluates risk and protective factors in military and family populations and suggests that prevention strategies are needed at multiple levels - individual, interpersonal, institutional, community, and societal - in order to address the influence that these factors have on psychological health. This report reviews and critiques reintegration programs and prevention strategies for PTSD, depression, recovery support, and prevention of substance abuse, suicide, and interpersonal violence.

Disabled Veterans in History

Disabled Veterans in History
A Book

by David A. Gerber

  • Publisher : University of Michigan Press
  • Release : 2012-06-06
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 0472035088
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The history of disabled veterans, from Ancient Greece to the conflict in Afghanistan

Handbook of Psychosocial Interventions for Veterans and Service Members

Handbook of Psychosocial Interventions for Veterans and Service Members
A Guide for the Non-Military Mental Health Clinician

by Nathan D. Ainspan,Walter E. Penk

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2016-03-19
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN : 0199353999
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The United States is in the midst of the largest military demobilization in its history. This is leading to an increase in the demand for mental health clinicians who can provide services to hundreds of thousands of military veterans and members of the military. Nearly two million Americans have been deployed to the wars in the Middle East, and thousands of them have been deeply affected, either psychologically, physically, or both. Projections suggest that 300,000 are returning with symptoms of PTSD or major Depression; 320,000 have been exposed to probable Traumatic Brain Injuries; and hundreds of thousands are dealing with psychological effects of physical injuries. Other veterans and members of the military without injuries will seek treatment to help them with the psychological impact of serving in the military, being deployed, or transitioning and reintegrating back into the civilian world. As an example, hundreds of thousands of service members are also leaving the armed forces earlier than they anticipated and will need to quickly adjust to life as civilians after assuming that they would have many more years in the military. Many will be leaving the military because of demobilizations and downsizing due to budget cuts. Current proposed cuts will shrink the military force to the same size it was in 1940. The Pew Center reports that 44% of veterans from the current wars are describing their readjustment to civilian life as "difficult," and many of them are and will be turning to civilian mental health and primary care clinicians for assistance. The Handbook of Psychosocial Interventions for Veterans and Service Members is a "one stop" handbook for non-military clinicians working with service members, veterans, and their families. It brings together experts from the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, veteran service organizations, and academia to create the first comprehensive guidebook for civilian clinicians. In addition to covering psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD, this book also offers information about psychosocial topics that impact military personnel and their loved ones and can become part of treatment (e.g., employment or education options, financial matters, and parenting concerns), providing the most recent and cutting-edge research on the topics. Chapters are concise and practical, delivering the key information necessary to orient clinicians to the special needs of veterans and their families. The Handbook of Psychosocial Interventions for Veterans and Service Members is an essential resource for private practice mental health clinicians and primary care physicians, as well as a useful adjunct for VA and DOD psychologists and staff.

The Shock of War

The Shock of War
Civilian Experiences, 1937-1945

by Sean Kennedy

  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Release : 2011-04-01
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN : 1442694696
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In The Shock of War: Civilian Experiences, 1937-1945, Sean Kennedy shifts the reader's focus from the battlefields of the Second World War to the civilian experience. This short yet comprehensive history complements existing studies of the war that document diplomatic and military operations. While many of these studies acknowledge the significance of the conflict for civilians, The Shock of War places civilians at the centre of events, drawing attention to the many different regions of the world affected by the conflict, and comparing various facets of the civilian experience. Kennedy's fresh approach emphasizes the diverse and complex impact of the war, which was profoundly destructive, yet, in some societies, provided opportunities and the potential for positive change.

Civilian Counselors’ Primer for Counseling Veterans

Civilian Counselors’ Primer for Counseling Veterans
A Book

by Herbert A. Exum

  • Publisher : Linus Learning
  • Release : 2009
  • Pages : 202
  • ISBN : 1607971755
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A primer designed for pre-service civilian counselors who might encounter veterans having difficulty readjusting to civilian life.

The Veterans Charter and Post-World War II Canada

The Veterans Charter and Post-World War II Canada
A Book

by Peter Neary,J. L. Granatstein

  • Publisher : McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
  • Release : 1999-05
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN : 9780773516977
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Rehabilitating Canada's soldiers to civilian life following World War II was a massive undertaking. The Veterans Charter, the program devised by the federal government to do this, promised to provide "opportunity with security" and was one of the building blocks of the Canadian welfare state. This collection of essays by some of Canada's leading historians explores the Charter's origins, history, and benefits as well as highlights its role in the development of the Canadian welfare state and postwar society.

Courage After Fire

Courage After Fire
Coping Strategies for Troops Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families

by Keith Armstrong,Suzanne Best,Paula Domenici

  • Publisher : Ulysses Press
  • Release : 2006
  • Pages : 239
  • ISBN : 1569755132
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Offers soldiers and their families a comprehensive guide to dealing with the all-too-common repercussions of combat duty, including posttraumatic stress symptoms, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.

Veterans and Homelessness

Veterans and Homelessness
A Book

by Libby Perl

  • Publisher : CreateSpace
  • Release : 2014-12-31
  • Pages : 46
  • ISBN : 9781503278288
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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CRS Report for Congress.

Field Exercises

Field Exercises
How Veterans Are Healing Themselves through Farming and Outdoor Activities

by Stephanie Westlund

  • Publisher : New Society Publishers
  • Release : 2014-06-10
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 0865717613
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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How connecting with nature is helping veterans reintegrate into civilian life and recover from PTSD.