Veteran Reintegration and Stigma

Updated: Dec 5, 2020

Many of you who are reading this article have either experienced or witnessed reintegration challenges in one form or another. Reintegration used to be defined as the resumption of age, gender, or culturally appropriate roles in your family, community, and workplace, as well as the process of transitioning back into personal and organizational roles following deployment. More recently, reintegration has been developed into a dynamic process of adapting back into culturally, personal, individual, and multidimensional role of functioning or participation in life roles. Although reintegration is often thought of as a positive series of events, it can entail times of personal stress and difficulty for individuals, family, work and can be an exacerbation of deployment-related stress conditions that dramatically change as a result of triggers during this time of transition. Overall, veteran reintegration is a process where service members experience a cultural transition from service to civilian life. For many veterans, the move from service to civilian life is a complicated process that involves establishing a “new normal,” wellness, and financial stability, along with other things. This includes the ability to secure and a new job, rehabilitate from injury, uphold a sense of worth, deal with social stigmas, and adjust to the new rhythm in daily life with family and friends.

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