Researcher on veterans issues to speak at Lycoming College

Researcher on veterans issues to speak at Lycoming College

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Sidra Montgomery, a Ph.D. candidate, will discuss how being wounded in combat affects veterans’ identities and how they experience everyday life on Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall located on the corner of Fourth and Basin Streets. The event is free and open to the public.

Her presentation is based on her dissertation “Identity Work, Stigma, and Status among Wounded Warriors,” which distills the experiences gathered from dozens of in-depth interviews with combat injured veterans and 14 months of field work with local non-profit organizations. She examines the symbolic meaning of the popularized term “wounded warrior,” and how it is defined as a social construct. Through that construct, she traces the shift in how wounded veterans are perceived and treated with the unprecedented growth of infrastructure, support, and resources for wounded veterans over the past 15 years. She also explores how the term affects the wounded veteran community, their self-identities and lived experiences.

Sidra Montgomery is a Sociology Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland College Park. Her research focuses on the military and veteran community, specifically examining how social context impacts identity. She also researches the experiences of service members and their families who are transitioning out of the military. Montgomery received her B.A. in Sociology from Beloit College, and her M.A. in Sociology from University of Maryland College Park. She is a Navy spouse and currently serves on the advisory board for the Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN).

This lecture is the first event of Coming Home: 2016 Lycoming College Spring Symposium on Veteran Issues. It is sponsored by the college’s Equality Affinity Community Housing, which is a student community created to promote discussion of equality in various categories including race and ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, disability, and social class.

Information about other upcoming symposium events can be found at: www.lycoming.edu/vets. Questions can be directed to Lynn Estomin, estomin@lycoming.edu, 570-321-4055.