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Out of uniform: psychosocial issues experienced and coping mechanisms used
by Veterans during the military–civilian transition
Introduction: The military–civilian transition is an important moment in the
life course of Veterans. Collecting and interpreting data on psychosocial
problems experienced during the transition make it possible to outline
Living alongside military PTSD: a qualitative study of female partners’
experiences with UK Veterans
Dominic Murphy, Emily Palmer, Kate Hill, Rachel Ashwick, Walter Busuttil
Introduction: An increased risk of emotional burden in partners of military
Veterans with mental health difficulties has been observed. This study aimed
to explore the experiences and needs of female partners of Veterans seeking
help. Methods: Our sample of eight female partners was drawn from a
population of help-seeking Veterans who had received treatment for PTSD.
Qualitative data were collected using a semi-structured interview schedule.
Results: Super-ordinate themes of challenges faced, desired type of support,
and barriers to support were each described by a set of sub-themes.
Challenges faced were described with the themes of inequality in
relationship, loss of congruence with own identity, volatile environment,
and emotional distress and isolation. Desired type of support was described
by the themes of practical focus on improving, sharing with fellow experts,
and support tailored to the partner. Barriers to support were described by
the themes feeling restricted by practical barriers and ambivalence about
the involvement of others. Conclusions: Interventions to support partners of
Veterans with mental health difficulties need to address their individual
needs, focus on practical techniques, and consider practical limitations.
VET (Veterans Embracing Transition) Connect: an emerging peer leadership
program for Veterans on campus
Elena Klaw, Jemerson Diaz, Rafael Avalos, KaChun Li
Currently, more than 1 million US Veterans are receiving Veterans Affairs
(VA) education benefits to pursue college diplomas, advanced degrees, or
vocational training. As increasing numbers of military members return home,
colleges and universities must be prepared to support their transition to
non-military educational and occupational settings. The VET (Veterans
Embracing Transition) Connect Peer Leadership Program was designed to
support student Veterans and assist them in transitioning to campus life.
This study used a qualitative approach to examine the effects of VET Connect
on Peer Leaders. Findings reveal that the program reduced participants’
sense of isolation by connecting student Veterans to faculty and staff, to
other student Veterans, and to the general student population. Participants
reported that VET Connect promoted self-growth and integration, allowing
them to transition to campus and civilian life. They reported developing
skills such as public speaking and knowledge of campus resources, as well as
insight into their emotions and self-acceptance. Participants also reported
experiencing a renewed sense of purpose. Overall, findings suggest that VET
Connect may serve as a potent high impact practice that engages Veterans in
college and reduces the loneliness and distress that often accompany
reintegration to the civilian world.
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