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PhD project interviewing veterans about life after injury

Crush06

Newbie
Hello all.

Posting this (with Bad CO’s approval) about my PhD project researching life after an injury.

I am currently recruiting veterans to interview who experienced a traumatic injury, which has led to separation from the Armed Forces/active duty. My definition of traumatic injury is: limb loss, blindness, hearing loss, severe burns, and/or spinal cord injury. I am also open to speaking with anyone who had a TBI with physical effects, thus causing medical discharge. I am using narratives, or life stories, as the research method specifically to demonstrate how one makes meaning following an injury received whilst they were serving in the military. This method/approach means your words about your experiences, both positive and negative, are used to better understand your life before and after the injury.

  • The age range of veterans for this project is 18-50.
  • Interview will be in-person and audio recorded for transcription. I am willing to travel to you to conduct the interview.
  • Apologies upfront, as there is no compensation—just the aim to share this info outside of a PhD (that few will realistically read). I will do conference presentations, journal articles, and aim to write a book in hopes to share stories with wider military/civilian audiences who are faced with life-changing injuries.
  • Interview will be done at your convenience.
You can find more detailed information on my research website: https://lifeafterinjurysite.wordpress.com

Also, not sure if this is helpful for anyone who is thinking about participating but here goes:
A. I am from a military family;
B. I have worked on military/veteran-related issues for almost a decade;
C. This research is self-funded through a loan (so no issues with the uni telling me what to research);
and
D. I have a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master's in Public Policy and will be quite keen to tackle the issues appropriately with that lot once I have completed the research.

If you or someone you know are interested in participating, please PM me here or contact me through the website listed above.

Many thanks for your time.
 

Crush06

Newbie
So thanks for all of that info, guys. Glad to hear you have made it to the older, wiser years (except for Joint_Force_Harrier--you are close!). :p
I take it I am still waiting for those who are younger, who have dealt with these injuries, to make contact.....
 

Sumo

War Hero
So thanks for all of that info, guys. Glad to hear you have made it to the older, wiser years (except for Joint_Force_Harrier--you are close!). :p
I take it I am still waiting for those who are younger, who have dealt with these injuries, to make contact.....
Have you tried the sister site Arrse

https://www.arrse.co.uk/community/

Some on here are on war disability pension, and some discharged medically but fall outside of your requirements

Happy hunting
 

Crush06

Newbie
Yes, sir. I have posted there as well. Just trying to reach out through multiple avenues as some of the gatekeepers I met with over the last year haven't been overly helpful about sharing my project info. ;)
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Yes, sir. I have posted there as well. Just trying to reach out through multiple avenues as some of the gatekeepers I met with over the last year haven't been overly helpful about sharing my project info. ;)
Don't call Sumo "sir", his ego is big enough as it is :)
 

Sumo

War Hero
If I'd shown good manners, the wardroom would have thought I was up to something ;)
At that stage they would have known, just not what you were up to:rolleyes:
Chief, yes WEO, I hear you have had a defect, tell me who is spreading lies, I'll go and speak to them:eek::eek: hand over to opposite maintainer, watch out for WEO, he is snooping again
 
@Crush06 Thanks for responding to the RN version of banter at RR and every best wish for success with your project.

(I dare not say any more or the gang will be ganging-up on me, so toodle-pip for now, honeychile, xxx. :Wink: :Wink: )
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
At that stage they would have known, just not what you were up to:rolleyes:
Chief, yes WEO, I hear you have had a defect, tell me who is spreading lies, I'll go and speak to them:eek::eek: hand over to opposite maintainer, watch out for WEO, he is snooping again
I always told the bun run that I didn't have any defects on my section, there were, however, a few anomalies :)
 

Sumo

War Hero
I always told the bun run that I didn't have any defects on my section, there were, however, a few anomalies :)

After refit one of my bits, supposed to have been refurbished by Dodgey Maintenance Limited (DML), but was really a pile of poo, obvious they had not replaced many chafed wires in loom. Skipper, Sonar mender what's wrong with my sonar, terminal sir I reply, he looks at me odd and asks me to explain. I said look at me as your sonar system GP, I know lots and can fix lots, if it is beyond me then you may need a specialist (contractor) but I think this one may need a mortician, are he says good analogy raise an OPDEF, already done. On our return for so call post refit fixes (mini refit) Green V Purple OPDEF’s score chart was fairly even 100 plus for both teams.
 
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