Living with Uncertainty

“I have devoted my life to uncertainty. Certainty is the death of wisdom, thought, creativity.” – Shekhar Kapur Both life and death are journeys into the unknown. We put faith in all-knowing gods a…

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Remembering Community

Our modern age is characterized by an increasing level of uncertainty and an increasing number of life-transitions. For Veterans, these uncertainties are heightened when transitioning from the mili…

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Combat Withdrawal Among Veterans

The below pieces are comprised of fragments from interviews with 35 Canadian Veterans of Afghanistan. Although the participants had widely varied experiences, they speak with one voice regarding th…

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How Veterans Experience Anomie

“…you’re used to doing things that mattered, and suddenly your life is simply digesting bullshit and consuming instead…”  Anomie is a concept used by Sociologist Émile Durkheim to describe a societ…

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Veterans Face Traumas Beyond PTSD. (We come back from a war to fight another war but in this war we don’t get to shoot back.)

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has become a familiar and frequently used concept in recent years. Although PTSD is a major issue faced by our returning troops, it has become somewhat of an u…

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