Coming back together: Veterans' capacity as the missing element in the systems of transition to civilian life
LE3 .A278 2016
Master of Education
This study used a series of in-depth individual interviews, supported with document analysis, with formerly deployed Veterans, to learn about their transitions between military and civilian life after being medically released from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). The study was conducted near the end of Canada’s engagement as part of the NATO contingent in Afghanistan. Participants revealed themselves as capable and resourceful in their analysis of the overwhelmed and inadequate transition systems charged with the care of ill and injured troops. The neoliberalist mind-set of the then Harper Government, with its over-reliance on narrow understandings of healing, and fiscally motivated service delivery, particularly in mental health and vocational support, heavily influenced the transition systems. Combined with the effects of stigma, this situation significantly reduced opportunities for fulfilling post-military careers, and ignored the capacity and aspirations of returning soldiers, and the needs of the partners and families who are their greatest resource.
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