The book is organized in three sections. The first section looks at the need for the proper treatment of veterans and military personnel who have experienced different forms of trauma, such as moral injury. This opens the door for new clinical approaches that consider the moral and existential aspects of trauma, rather than strictly the physical dimension.
- The second section looks at the impact on an individual’s identity as a result of traumatic change, such as the suffering of amputation or loss of limb. Some of the regimens explored here include somatic engagement and the importance of reflection and self-affirmation.
- The third section is focused on the challenges of military spouses, given that the well-being of military families has only received scant scholarly attention in the past. This includes an important quantitative survey with metrics to assess the unique stresses experienced by military spouses.
In sum, this book aims to provide an overview of a wide range of scholarship in the realm of contemporary veteran and military family issues. Each of the chapters are based on the groundbreaking research of seven doctoral graduates of Fielding Graduate University, edited by Miguel Guilarte, PhD and Barton Buechner, PhD.
Barton Buechner, PhD, the co-editor of this book, served as a Naval Officer for 30 years, and has worked extensively with veterans’ programs since 1993 with the State of California Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, and various local and national nonprofit organizations. Dr. Buechner is a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), the American Legion, and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).
Miguel Guilarte, PhD, co-editor, is a member of the faculty of Fielding Graduate University and has served in various capacities, including as Associate Dean in the Human and Organization Development program. He is a founding faculty member of the Veterans Connection group at Fielding.
Published June 14, 2016