Wounded Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans
Increased public attention on wounded and injured veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has popularized the term “wounded warrior." My dissertation examines the symbolic meaning of “wounded warrior” and how this construct creates social expectations that impact the community and everyday lives of wounded post-9/11 veterans. Using in-depth interviews with 39 post-9/11 wounded/injured/ill veterans in combination with a content analysis of the mainstream media coverage of wounded veterans over the past decade, this research analyzes how the “wounded warrior” context shapes the social relationships, identity, and structural resources for the newest generation of wounded veterans.
Supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Dissertation Improvement Grant, P#1518894
"Identity Work, Stigma, and Status
among Wounded Warriors"
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The Transition Out of the Military
The U.S. military has been downsizing as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have tapered off. As a result, servicemembers who have experienced decades of war are leaving the military and looking for their place in the civilian workforce. Following 35 servicemembers through the transition process—interviewing them before and several months after they left the military—we examine how their own perceptions and expectations of the transition process contribute or detract from achieving their stated post-military goals.