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Description/Abstract

This study examines the link between veteran status of program counselors and veterans’ views of the VA vocational rehabilitation programs. Researchers interviewed 11 veteran rehabilitation counselors (VRCs), and examined a sample of veterans who had utilized veteran rehabilitation and employment services. In practice, Veterans appear to associate more positive attributes with veteran counselors, including more positive counselor behaviors and more satisfaction with the rehabilitation program overall. In policy, VA administrators may wish to observe common practices among vocational rehabilitation counselors to identify any systematic differences in behavior between these two populations. Suggestions for future study include going beyond investigating the importance of veteran identity alone to examine whether salience is a necessary condition for passive representation to impact policy outcomes for multiple identities, including gender, race, socioeconomic status, and more.

Original Citation

Gade, D. M., & Wilkins, V. M. (2013). Where Did You Serve? Veteran identity, representative bureaucracy, and vocational rehabilitation. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 23(2), 267-288. https://doi.org/10.1093/jopart/mus030

Document Type

Brief

Disciplines

Military and Veterans Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Vocational Education

Extent

2 pages

DCMI Type

Text

Keywords

Employment, Vocational rehabilitation, Veterans, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Research brief

Subject

Vocational rehabilitation

Portfolio

Employment and Economic Opportunity

Geographic Area

United States

Publisher

Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University

Date

Spring 4-5-2013

Language

English

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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