Episode 183 - Dr. Michael Pelts and Dr. David Albright: Wounded Bonds: Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual (GLB) Military Service Members and Veterans

Monday, January 18, 2016, 10:07:46 AM

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In this episode, our guests Dr. Michael Pelts and Dr. David Albright discuss their recent work examining the history and context of the U.S. military's treatment of GLB service members and veterans. They describe their review of the social work profession's literature related to this population over the past twenty-plus years, implications for social work education and practice, and the training needed by social workers to competently serve this population.

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By Vic :

The Veteran population is one that very diverse. Every Veteran has a distinct personal history and outlook on their military service. The doctors make a make a significant contribution by adding data to the a minority group that is finally coming out of the darkness. I served with individuals who identified as homosexual and I was aware of the risk they took by making their presence known. The military can be very progressive while at the same time remaining stagnant. Policies take a while to catch up to the ideals of the individuals who are serving. It is true that as the Doctors found out one could lose everything if found to be a homosexual, being homosexuals before 2000 was definitely different but even before the policy changed service members view of homosexuality had changed. It is important to provide data to highlight the effect of policy on veteran populations, our politicians can ignore individuals but not when there is concrete evidence of the effect it is having on service members.

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