This study examines the experiences active duty service members and military veterans face upon their return to civilian life, and reflects that many veterans desire a formal transitional period from military to civilian life in order to help them readjust. Service members should join peer mentor or support groups with other veterans who had similar experiences and feelings about their reintegration into civilian life; policy makers might work with VA administrators to create a comprehensive transitional program for service members who are leaving the military in order to facilitate a smooth re-entry into civilian life. Further exploration of the links between identity, culture, mental health, and reintegration issues could also be beneficial to better understand the difficulty of transitioning from military to civilian life.
Demers, A. (2011). When veterans return: The role of community in reintegration. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 16(2), 160–179. https://doi.org/10.1080/15325024.2010.519281
Military and Veterans Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Culture, Military, Veterans, Readjustment, Research brief
Veterans; Culture; Veteran reintegration
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "When Veterans Return: The Role of Community in Reintegration"" (2014). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 351.
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