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What Management Issues Exist in Reintegrating United States Veterans?

The purpose of this study is to examine the reintegration process of Veterans into civilian life and explore ways to control and support them throughout the transition.

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Table of contents

Introduction 2
Statement of the Problem 2
Purpose of the study 3
Definition of terms 3
Delimitations and limitations 3
Significance of the study 4
Review of the Literature 5
History of 20th Century Veterans Reintegration Efforts 5
World War I 6
World War II 7
The Vietnam Conflict 8
The Gulf War 8
A Twenty-first Century Perspective 9
Mental Health Issues 10
Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) 10
Combat Stress 12
The Costs of Untreated Mental Illness 14
Contrasting Civilian and Military Reintegration Programs 14
Civilian programs 15
Welfare 15
Homeless shelters 16
The Salvation Army 16
Faith based Initiatives 17
Various State Programs 17
Military Reintegration Programs 18
Yellow Ribbon 18
Accessibility 19
Analysis 20
Conclusion 23
Prescriptions 33
References 42

Preview of the essay: What Management Issues Exist in Reintegrating United States Veterans?

United States veterans are faced with serious issues reintegrating back in to civilian life. Some issues veterans face are differences between military and civilian lifestyles, which often lead to mental health issues. If left untreated unhealthy mental illness frequently progresses into homelessness and suicide (Roche, 2006).
Currently of the 27 Million veterans 340,000 have Serious Mental Illness (SMI) which calculates to 1.2% of the veteran population (The NSDUH Report, 2009). While that may not seem alarming consider the following; in 2008 the United States Army lost 140 soldiers who committed suicide, similarly the U.S. Air Force reported a loss of 38 Airmen, the U.S. Navy reported a loss 41 Seaman due to suicides, and the U.S. Marine Corps reported a loss of 41 Marines to suicide. This equates to a loss of five veterans per week in 2008 ...

... accepting that the veteran group has not been accorded the attention that it deserves, it will thus be possible to develop strategies that will help to integrate them. If the ideas of strategic thinking, Human Resource Development and appropriate change management are fully adopted, it will be possible to integrate veterans fully into employment and other productive economic and social activity. There is need for management practice that highly values sensitivity to group needs to be adopted (McLean, 2005). All this is achievable and not that much costly, especially considering that the challenges faced may be costing the country heavily and that there is need to show appreciation to the men and women who have at some point in time devoted their entire lives to serving their homeland, the United States. It all depends on how quickly the realization that the group has for long been forgotten will be made.
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