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How are veterans perceived today?

Phillips, Rita



There is always a considerable debate in the UK and the US about the health of military veterans. Data from representative opinion polls and surveys conducted in the last three decades highlight a persistent set of beliefs about military veterans, held by members of UK and US societies. The majority of British and American respondents think that veterans are more likely to experience disability, ill mental-health, unemployment and homelessness than members of the civilian population. Some of these negative perceptions are accurate for US veterans, since, compared to civilians, they are statistically more likely to struggle with physical and mental health issues and be homeless. However, such perceptions are erroneous for the majority of British veterans.


PHILLIPS, R. 2020. How are veterans perceived today? In My teeth don't chew on shrapnel: an anthology of poetry by military veterans. Oxford: Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre [online], chapter 4, pages 18-21. Available from:

Online Publication Date Dec 31, 2020
Publication Date Dec 31, 2020
Deposit Date Jun 8, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jun 8, 2020
Publisher Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre
Pages 18-21
Book Title My teeth don't chew on shrapnel: an anthology of poetry by military veterans
Chapter Number 4
Keywords Military veterans; Veterans and society; Veterans in the media
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Additional Information The file archived on this repository represents the text-only version of the book. Alternative versions including embedded audio can be downloaded from the Oxford Brookes RADAR repository, where the book was originally made available:


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