What's in a Name? Defining and Caring for “Veterans”

@article{Dandeker2006WhatsIA,
  title={What's in a Name? Defining and Caring for “Veterans”},
  author={Christopher Dandeker and Simon Wessely and Amy C. Iversen and John Ross},
  journal={Armed Forces \& Society},
  year={2006},
  volume={32},
  pages={161 - 177}
}
An important feature of civil-military relations is the way in which states recognize the sacrifices that the men and women of the armed forces give to their country and provide care and support for them and their families once they leave the military as veterans. Yet states differ not only in the levels and kinds of support provided for ex-service personnel but also in their very definition of what a veteran is. This article examines the case of the United Kingdom from an international… 

Tables from this paper

Definition of a veteran: the military viewed as a culture

Between warfare and welfare : veterans' associations and social security in Serbia

This dissertation focuses on Serbian veterans of the post-Yugoslav wars and their attempts to secure symbolic and material recognition from the state after losing a series of wars. My main goal is to

The Development of an Exclusive Veterans’ Policy: The Case of Russia

Despite its social and political importance, veterans’ policy is an overlooked subject in the field of civil —military relations. This article aims to discuss the theoretical problems of studying

Beyond Iraq

Focusing on the U.K. case, it reveals that private military veterans are significantly overrepresented in the “protective service occupations,” where they primarily work in the private security industry, and offers a multilayered explanation for this distinctive clustering effect.

The Challenges of Military Veterans in Their Transition to the Workplace: A Call for Integrating Basic and Applied Psychological Science

Theories of compensatory control, stereotype threat, and stereotyping are drawn on to help explain the psychological challenges that veterans may encounter during their transition to civilian society and recent research is presented that leverages these theories.

“Are You a Veteran?” Understanding of the Term “Veteran” among UK Ex-Service Personnel

Whether characteristics by which UK ex-Service personnelSelf-identify as veterans are aligned with official policy/public opinion, and which factors are associated with self-identification as a veteran are identified.

From warfare to welfare: veterans, military charities and the blurred spatiality of post-service welfare in the United Kingdom

The military offers a form of welfare-for-work but when personnel leave they lose this safety net, a loss exacerbated by the rollback neoliberalism of the contemporary welfare state. Increasingly the

Veterans as a Social Movement: The American Legion, the First Hoover Commission, and the Making of the American Welfare State

ABSTRACT This article challenges the conventional view of veterans’ politics in the United States as an “iron triangle” or a “subgovernment,” terms that connote a low-profile field dominated by a

The costs of conflict: Meeting the mental health needs of serving personnel and service veterans

The mental health of service personnel and veterans is politically sensitive and attracts significant public and media interest and it has important consequences, not only for affected individuals but, for the public perception of mental health services as a whole.
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 28 REFERENCES

What happens to British veterans when they leave the armed forces?

Only a minority of veterans fare badly after service, even amongst those with active tours of duty behind them, and the majority of service leavers do well after leaving and are in full-time employment.

Homeless Veterans of the Mil-Volunteer Force: A Social Selection Perspective

The results indicate that current episodes of homelessness were longest among veterans of the all-volunteer force, those with behavioral risk factors with possible early onset, and those who were lacking in social bonds to civilian society that are normally conferred by employment, marriage, and support from family of origin.

The Civil-military ‘gap’ in Britain

The civil-military ‘gap’, identified by the TISS report for the United States, is also to be found in the United Kingdom. But it is less a new phenomenon than the result of a selective view of the

Diversifying the Uniform? The Participation of Minority Ethnic Personnel in the British Armed Services

This article considers the pressures on the British armed services to increase the participation of minority ethnic groups and assesses recent government policy on this issue. Limited progress has

Health and exposures of United Kingdom Gulf war veterans. Part I: The pattern and extent of ill health

Seven years after the war, the Gulf war veterans were more troubled about their health than those who had not been sent, with a substantial subgroup reporting a pattern of symptoms suggestive of a significant decline in health.

Handbook of the sociology of the military

Section I: General Introduction. 1. Introduction G. Caforio. 2. Some historical notes G. Caforio. 3. Social research and the military G. Caforio, M. Nuciari. Section II: Theoretical and

Health of UK servicemen who served in Persian Gulf War

The Decline of the European Mass Armies

Defense conversion was from the military point of view perceived for a long time as a slogan of peace activists. During the Cold War it was seen as a strange and threatening idea to the military and

PTSD and Agent Orange: Implications for a Sociology of Veterans' Issues

Two major controversies have marked the readjustment of Vietnam veterans to civilian life. The first surrounds the introduction of the diagnosis, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, into the American

The Oxford companion to military history

An A-Z guide to warfare from the classical period to the present day, including the social, political, technological, and economic background of major conflicts. Entries cover people (military