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The Veteran Myth
Coronavirus – a statement from ARU
We continue to closely monitor the rapidly evolving situation around coronavirus (COVID-19). So we can best protect the health and wellbeing of all members of the community we are closing our campuses and suspending all public-facing events on campus, from Monday 23 March, until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
There is a preconception that those who serve with the armed forces are associated with positive attributes: bravery and discipline being the two most frequently quoted.
However, after transition to civilian life, negative associations are also common: disabled, maladjusted or mentally damaged. Post-traumatic distress disorder feature prominently.
The very word ‘veteran’ is problematic, seen by some as an American term, applied only to those who served in specific conflicts or being politically charged. What are the true circumstances of the 2.5 million veterans in the UK?
Professor Almond worked in a clinical capacity in the NHS for 35 years. His research background was initially in the endocrine and mineral changes arising because of renal failure. Later his emphasis switched to the psychological, psychiatric and palliative needs of patients with chronic disease.
He has had a parallel career with 30 years as an RAF reservist deploying to Iraq, Afghanistan and South Sudan. He volunteers for the Eastern Veterans Advisory Pension Committee, the Essex Reserve Forces and Cadets Association. He was appointed Professor of Veterans and Families Studies at ARU in June 2018.