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Anthropologists Discuss Veterans Issues

The May 2009 veterans issue of Anthropology News will soon be available, featuring over a dozen thematic articles from a diverse range of approaches and field sites. Topics include (among others) veteran activism, reintegrating demobilized combatants, veteran health care, genetic testing and the Tomb of the Unknowns, fieldwork with returning soldiers, and veterans in higher education, based on work in the US, Colombia, Serbia, Liberia, Nepal and Israel.

This issue will be available at the start of May. In the meantime, Neuroanthropology.net offers a series of articles (1, 2, 3) on veterans and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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  1. Folks might be interested in this article by Matthew Gutmann & Catherine Lutz (http://www.anthronow.com/iraqmonsters.pdf) from the current issue of Anthropology Now.

    Becoming Monsters in Iraq, Matthew Gutmann & Catherine Lutz
    “As many of 40 percent of combat veterans returning from Iraq are crippled from psychological problems. A growing number of anti-war veterans acknowledge the toll of post-traumatic stress, but refuse to let their suffering be claimed as a disorder. Instead, they see the trauma as the natural reaction to the acts of war.”

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