December 21, 2020

“I Just Don’t Like to Have My Car Marked”: Nuancing Identity Attachments and Belonging in Student Veterans

Journal of Veterans Studies

Key findings on student veteran identify from this study include: 

"...combat experience, length of service, age, and gender all revealed themselves as particular aspects of 'veteranness' these participants used to distinguish themselves from each other."

"Participants who served in the National Guard reported feeling less like 'real' veterans and, as a result, felt less like student veterans."

"The participants from this study who fell into one or more of these categories (e.g., high military or student veteran attachment, combat experience, and longer time in service) were also more likely to disclose their veteran status on campus because of external forces (e.g., benefits, disability support services) or to advocate for themselves or other veterans." 

"...student veterans with a strong military core as part of their personal identities, those with combat experience, and veterans with longer lengths of military service may hesitate to connect to being college students."

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at Journal of Veterans Studies


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