15 Facts About War veterans


Military veterans are unique as a group as their lived experience is so strongly connected to the conduct of war in general and application of professional violence in particular.

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Military War veterans often receive special treatment in their respective countries.

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Way War veterans are portrayed in the media is likely to contribute to public attitudes.

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Ex-service is British terminology for War veterans, which refers to those who have served in the British Empire or Commonwealth Armed Forces.

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The American Civil War produced veterans' organizations, such as the Grand Army of the Republic and United Confederate Veterans.

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Some female War veterans perceive themselves as discriminated against by their male counterparts and, as such, women who have served in the armed forces have sometimes been known as "the invisible War veterans".

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Black veterans from World War I experienced racial persecution on returning to the US from overseas, particularly in Southern cities.

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Black veterans from World War II continued to be denied equality at home despite President Harry S Truman's desegregation of the military after World War II.

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Black War veterans went on to play a central role in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

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Effect of active military service can be profound and lasting, and some War veterans have found it difficult to adjust to normal life again.

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Figures from 2009 showed that twice as many War veterans were in prison than there were British troops currently in Afghanistan.

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New treatment programs are emerging to assist War veterans suffering from post-combat mental health problems such as depression and PTSD.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, is becoming an important method for the treatment of mental health issues among War veterans, and is currently considered the standard of care for depression and PTSD by the United States Department of Defense.

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Younger War veterans are at increased risk for substance use disorders, including alcohol use disorder, and mental illnesses in general.

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Nevertheless, help is available and War veterans should feel able to make contact and ask for assistance or advice to the broad network of organizations, and to appropriate legislators, without feeling that this is a weakness.

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