“100 Questions and Answers About Veterans: A Guide for Civilians” is now available.The guide was produced in the Michigan State University School of Journalism with significant help from journalists and veterans around the country.
The guide, the eighth in our series, features six videos from partner Detroit Public Television, as well as graphics and short essays by U.S. Army veterans J.R. Martinez and Ron Capps. The DPTV video on this page is with Jeff Barnes, director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, who helped on the project.
Like all guides in the series, this one answers 100 of the basic, everyday questions people have about a cultural group. Veterans have their own perspectives, experiences, training and jargon. Most of the 100 questions come from interviews with veterans, who said these were places where they encountered questions or stereotypes. They include:
- Why do some veterans prefer not to have people thank them for their service?
- How are commissioned and noncommissioned officers different?
- How common is it for veterans to be homeless?
- What is the GI Bill?
- What are the meanings of Memorial Day and Veterans Day?
These and other questions often go unasked because people do not want to either seem ignorant nor offend someone else. We hope that, with answers to their basic questions, people can move on to deep conversations with the veterans around them who represent the more than 20 million men and women who served in the military.
“100 Questions and Answers About Veterans: A Guide for Civilians” is available on Amazon and other online book retailers in print or eBook formats.
—Joe Grimm, series editor