To Recognize Those Who Served

Gendered Analyses of Veterans’ Policies, Representations, and Experiences

Authored by: Jessica L. Adler

The Routledge History of Gender, War, and the U.S. Military

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138902985
eBook ISBN: 9781315697185
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315697185.ch19

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Abstract

According to Title 38, which codifies laws relating to veterans’ benefits in the United States, the matter is relatively simple. “The term ‘veteran’ refers to a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.” 1 But former service members are a highly diverse group. Their perceptions of military life and access to government-sponsored benefits and distinct social networks thereafter – characteristics that define the veteran experience in the United States – depend on a variety of dynamics, including the time, place, and conditions of service, and social factors such as race, class, and gender.

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