Warring Identities

  title={Warring Identities},
  author={Rosemary T. Smith and Gala True},
  journal={Society and Mental Health},
  pages={147 - 161}
Drawing from 26 life story interviews of recent American veterans, this paper analyzes the identity struggle faced by soldiers returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and reentering the civilian world. Instead of examining veterans’ problems as a consequence of post-combat mental illnesses such as PTSD and major depression, we analyze the contrast between the participants’ identities as soldiers and their identities as civilians. We find that the postwar transition… Expand
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