This study addresses the gap in literature on the African American perspective of veteran's experiences during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Research found that the interviewed men reported racist experiences, and also found they perceived service to the country aided their growth as men and as activists. Although African American service members were essential to the U.S. war effort, official accounts of their service are often excluded or misreported, and would benefit from policymakers using the narrative experiences of veterans to continue to introduce policies and programs that encourage diversity. Researchers are encouraged to continue to collect data on this important topic, particularly through qualitative methods.
Black H. K. (2016). Three generations, three wars: African American veterans. The Gerontologist, 56(1), 33–41. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnv122
Family, Life Course, and Society | Military and Veterans Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Race and Ethnicity | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Veterans, African Americans, Research brief
African American veterans; Veterans
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Three Generations, Three Wars: African American Veterans"" (2016). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 354.
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