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5-20-2020

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George Washington once stated "A country is judged by how it cares for its veterans" fast forward to 2019. How would the United States be judged? Since 2006, 22 veterans a day commit suicide. This lethal trend has continued to remain steady in 2019 with no signs of slowing down. Many researchers have researched this trend, but they tend to focus on trauma. All the while neglecting the impact of external environments such as local culture and media. When someone joins the military, they are indoctrinated into a new culture. The individual is broken down and built back up to work within their new culture. This process is very quick, very traumatic, and often leaves them disconnected from civilian culture. Likewise, when a person leaves the military the process is very quick, often leaving the veteran an alien in a state of culture shock and abandonment. This leads me to my research question of How does regional culture impact veteran assimilation and healing? Claudio Lomnitz-Adler defines Regional Culture as the power hierarchies that are created between and within identity groups, requiring a historical understanding of the interplay between shared cultural experiences and the ideological construction of identity groups within a specific region (Lomnitz-Adler 1991). This research will examine the effects of the San Francisco Bay Area regional culture. In order to understand the part of regional culture plays in a veteran assimilation and healing.

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Lost in Translation: Regional Culture and its Impact on Veterans

George Washington once stated "A country is judged by how it cares for its veterans" fast forward to 2019. How would the United States be judged? Since 2006, 22 veterans a day commit suicide. This lethal trend has continued to remain steady in 2019 with no signs of slowing down. Many researchers have researched this trend, but they tend to focus on trauma. All the while neglecting the impact of external environments such as local culture and media. When someone joins the military, they are indoctrinated into a new culture. The individual is broken down and built back up to work within their new culture. This process is very quick, very traumatic, and often leaves them disconnected from civilian culture. Likewise, when a person leaves the military the process is very quick, often leaving the veteran an alien in a state of culture shock and abandonment. This leads me to my research question of How does regional culture impact veteran assimilation and healing? Claudio Lomnitz-Adler defines Regional Culture as the power hierarchies that are created between and within identity groups, requiring a historical understanding of the interplay between shared cultural experiences and the ideological construction of identity groups within a specific region (Lomnitz-Adler 1991). This research will examine the effects of the San Francisco Bay Area regional culture. In order to understand the part of regional culture plays in a veteran assimilation and healing.