Believe it or not, some people don’t know what a veteran is. What’s more, you might be one of them! This post will explain the specifics of veteran-ness. Origins Most people think of a military veteran when the word is used, but there are other legitimate meanings and associations. Every now and then when I […]
On August 18, 2017 the National Center for Veteran Analysis and Statistics released a dataset outlining the religious affiliation of all 21 million living veterans of the United States. “Veterans Religious Affiliation by State,” downloadable as an Excel file here, provides details not only on all 50 states and the District of Columbia, but veterans […]
Combat related maladies like Posttraumattic Stress (PTS) “Disorder” and Moral Injury afflict veterans of all wars, even though most of the recent attention has been on those who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before PTSD was recognized by the DSM-III in 1980, it was called Vietnam Syndrome by VA social workers and clinicians, and in WWII […]
One Christian soldier highlights this distinction between serving and fighting, between miles and pugnare.
*Minimally edited transcript of interview in 2011. My questions are in bold, and ellipses (…) indicate redacted content for brevity. Used for After The Yellow Ribbon conference. Stanley Hauerwas: The truth of the matter is, is I don’t have familial connections with the military. That’s very important. My family somehow, none of them served in WWII, their […]