"It's just different for women": exploring the post-military development of female veterans attending a 4-year university

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Amber M. Mathwig (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Amy Vetter

Abstract: This research study was intended to understand how the Post 9/11 enlisted female veteran population understands their gender in the context of their active duty military experience and transition into a post-military life while engaging in higher education. Propelled into higher education via their military service and improved educational benefits via the Post 9/11 GI Bill, female veterans are accessing their education benefits at the highest rate ever. After decades of a lack of scholarship regarding this student population, there is a growing body of knowledge in the area of Post 9/11 era student veterans, how campuses should be providing support services, and the effect their service has on them during their post-military life and education. Using basic qualitative research methods and a feminist lens, the researcher found that female veterans embodied their military identity and navigated conflict while on active duty and in their post-military lives, they experience disjunction and embody their female veteran identity. Implications are listed for Student Affairs and military transition services practitioners.

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Language: English
Date: 2016
Higher education, Student Affairs, Student veterans, Transition, Women veterans
Women veterans $x Education (Higher) $z United States
College-student veterans $z United States
Veteran reintegration $z United States
Women and the military $z United States

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