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Alternative Title

Challenge of returning to civilian life

Publication Date


First Advisor

Kathryn Basham

Second Advisor

Joyce Everett

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School for Social Work


Military, Reintegration, Identity, Civilian, Servicemember


In this study, the aim is to explore the factors that support or interfere with the transitions facing veterans as they re-integrate into civilian life. While some navigate this transition successfully, others experience significant difficulty with this reentry. Several questions emerge. How might the formation of a distinct military identity positively or negatively affect reintegration? How do loss and grief issues related to leaving the military complicate re-integration? Is there, for example, a dose effect in which the stronger the military identity, the more difficult it is for the veteran to assume a new civilian role and identity? Following an initial rationale for the study, the literature review will summarize current research on the impact of military-specific factors that interfere with or support reintegration


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227 pages. Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-202)