From the Publisher: This poignant collection, compiled from Kingston's healing workshops, contains the distilled wisdom of survivors of five wars, including combatants, war widows, spouses, children, conscientious objectors, and veterans of domestic abuse. Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace includes accounts from people that grew up in military families, served as medics in the thick of war, or came home to homelessness. All struggle with trauma-PTSD, substance abuse, and other consequences of war and violence. Through their extraordinary writings, readers witness worlds coming apart and being put back together again through liberating insight, community, and the deep transformation that is possible only by coming to grips with the past
Intro -- VETERANSBENEFITS, ISSUES, POLICIES, AND PROGRAMS VOLUME 1 -- VETERANS BENEFITS, ISSUES, POLICIES, AND PROGRAMS VOLUME 1 -- CONTENTS -- PREFACE -- Chapter 1 DOD AND VAHEALTH CARE:MEDICATIONNEEDS DURING TRANSITIONS MAY NOT BEMANAGED FOR ALL SERVICEMEMBERS -- WHY GAO DID THIS STUDY -- WHAT GAO RECOMMENDS -- WHAT GAO FOUND -- ABBREVIATIONS -- BACKGROUND -- DOD Health Care -- VA Health Care -- Transitions of Care -- Reasons for Medication Challenges during Transitions -- ABOUT 1 IN 12 TRANSITIONING SERVICEMEMBERS HADPSYCHIATRIC OR PAIN MEDICATIONS -- ALMOST HALFSUBSEQUENTLY RECEIVED VA CARE -- DOD'S AND VA'S EFFORTS MAY NOT HELP ALLSERVICEMEMBERS MANAGE THEIR MEDICATION NEEDSDURING TRANSITIONS OF CARE -- DOD and VA Efforts Directed at All Servicemembers AreLimited in Their Ability to Help Manage TransitionalMedication Needs -- Prior to Discharge -- During the Transition -- Entry to VA -- DOD and VA Provide Additional Assistance to MeetTransitional Medication Needs for Specific ServicememberGroups -- Prior to Discharge -- During the Transition -- Entry to VA -- Local DOD and VA Facility Efforts Can Help MeetServicemembers' Transitional Medication Needs but May NotBe Available at All Facilities -- CONCLUSION -- RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EXECUTIVE ACTION -- AGENCY COMMENTS AND OUR EVALUATION -- APPENDIX I: SCOPE AND METHODOLOGY -- APPENDIX II: FORMULARY COMPARISON -- End Notes -- End Notes for Appendix I -- End Notes for Appendix II -- Chapter 2 VETERANS PARALYMPICS PROGRAM:IMPROVED REPORTING NEEDED TO ENSUREGRANT ACCOUNTABILITY -- WHY GAO DID THIS STUDY -- WHAT GAO RECOMMENDS -- WHAT GAO FOUND -- ABBREVIATIONS -- BACKGROUND -- VA GRANTS AND USOC SUBGRANTS WEREAWARDED PRIMARILY TO PROVIDE ADAPTIVESPORTS OPPORTUNITIES, BUT REPORTINGON EXPENDITURES WAS PROBLEMATIC
Libraries serving veterans and veterans' needs is not a new concept. More than 120,000 libraries across the United States support veterans by providing "safe places where people care and want to help, and where core professional values of respect and confidentiality are upheld." This role defines not only the inherent service mission of libraries in general, but also the democratic and inclusive qualities that library workers strive to uphold daily.
"Veterans are brave men and women who've served their country in the armed forces. However, they often face challenges when they come home. What unique issues do veterans deal with, and how are people working to help them adjust to civilian life? Readers discover the answers to these and many other questions about veterans as they explore this important topic. Full-color photographs, eye-catching fact boxes, and helpful graphic organizers accompany the informative main text to help readers understand essential information about veterans. This is a helpful resource for readers with a veteran in their family or any young person who wants to be informed about a crucial current events topic."--Provided by publisher
"Veteranen? Sind das nicht die betagten Herren, die, manchmal in ihrer alten Uniform, bei Gedenkfeiern und Jahrestagen stramm stehen, ihre Orden stolz an der Brust? Oder die ärgerlichen Männer, die als 'Veterans for Peace' Proteste gegen die laufenden Kriege organisieren? Mit solchen Klischees hat Michael Daxner bei seinem Nachdenken über Veteranen der Bundeswehr nichts im Sinn." (Autorenreferat)
In general, women are longer lived than men in the general population. Yet, a previous study of Taiwanese centenarians (Yang, 2012) found that there were an over representation of male centenarians who were Second World War veterans. To further explore the characteristics of veteran centenarians, this study completed a cross-sectional population survey in Taiwan in the year of 2015. The inclusion criteria of centenarians was those born before December, 31st of 1914. The final sample comprised of a total of 157 Taiwanese centenarians, with 62 males and 95 females. Among them, there were 31 veteran centenarians. Descriptive and referential statistics were performed to compare the general centenarians and the veteran centenarians. Results showed that veteran centenarians were significantly different from the general centenarians in their ADL and IADL scores; i.e., the veteran centenarians were significantly more independent in their daily functioning. Also, many veterans married quite late in their late middle age or old age, so a much higher percentage of 32% still had living spouses who were much younger, compared to only 10% of general centenarians with spouses. There were also a higher percentage of veteran centenarians who were never married and had no children. Therefore, unlike the traditional family support culture dictates, veteran centenarians relied primarily on government pensions for their retirement income. In sum, the survivors of WWII veterans had distinct characteristics and a lot of strengths to sustain them to the super old age. Benefits of early strenuous physical training and life-long independent living were discussed as a lesson learned from the veteran centenarians.
The study of military veterans and politics has been a growing area of interest, but most research on the topic has remained isolated in specific, unconnected fields of inquiry. This is a multidisciplinary, comprehensive examination of the American veteran experience. The editor has compiled some of the best work on the formation and impact of veterans' policies, the politics of veterans' issues, and veterans' political engagement over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in the United States.