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A Brief History of Wounded Veterans in America: Part 1

Examining the Visible and Invisible Wounds of War The public’s attention span towards wounded veterans is short-lived, despite the fact that the physical and mental effects of war can linger for a lifetime. Research has shown that the medical needs for veterans will peak thirty years after the conflict has ended. For Iraq and Afghanistan […]

What’s the best state for veterans?

I frequently see links to sites purporting to identify the Best ___ for Veterans. Best Cities for Veterans, Best Colleges for Veterans (although this list is different from this one, or this one, or the others that circulate on the internet.) These rankings combine multiple criteria like actual outcomes for veterans, availability of veteran-connected resources, and […]

Veterans Day and popular attention to veterans

If you’re like many other internet users, your interest in veterans peaks on November 11 each year.  Google Trends data shows the relative frequency of searches for “veteran” or “veterans” spikes on November 11 each year–Veterans Day. From my own research analyzing major media attention to veterans, a similar pattern emerges if we look at […]

Wounded veterans don’t want your pity…or your appropriation of them.

After San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat on the bench during the national anthem at a preseason NFL football game earlier this summer on August 26, many in the veteran community became angry. Colin later made a statement saying that he feels he cannot show pride for his nation’s flag when it is a […]

Coming Soon…

We are getting ready for a launch of our blog “Veterans Scholars.” As academic researchers who study various aspects of the veteran experience, we’ll be discussing our own research, the research of others, and contemporary events and their research implications.  There are lots of groups and organizations devoted to supporting the needs of military personnel, […]