Natalo-Lifton 2014 Veterans

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Author: Ariel Natalo-Lifton

Title: They Served Too

Subtitle: The Unique Experiences of Female Vietnam Veterans

Thesis: M.A. Thesis, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Year: May 2014

Pages: iv + 88pp.

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | U.S. History | Types: Work-Related Rape

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Abstract: »Military women have been written out of the historical record, despite the fact that they have served in the United States military since the beginning of time. This thesis seeks to place women back in their rightful place in military history by exploring the unique experiences of U.S. military women during the Vietnam War and the immediate post-war. It analyzes gender, race, sexuality, and sexual assault in the military, among military women who served in Vietnam and stateside. Furthermore, it examines the coping mechanisms utilized by servicewomen and their memories of war, looking at how history has been rewritten to exclude references to anything that may have complicated the perceptions of military women as noble pillars of American virtue. As the war drew to a close, the military began to change with the creation of the all volunteer force, and this project explores the gains made by servicewomen during the last years of the war and shortly after the war, but also the backlash that halted the fight for military equality and allowed for women’s contributions to be forgotten and. In the immediate post-war period, this thesis delves into women’s experiences returning to civilian life and healing from war. While veterans always face challenges reacclimating, Vietnam-era female veterans faced their own challenges, many due to their status as non-veterans and the backlash that wrote their service out of military history. By analyzing experiences specific to Vietnamera military women, this dissertation seeks to complicate military history.« (Source: Thesis)


  Abstract of Dissertation (p. ii)
  Acknowledgements/Dediction (p. iii)
  Introduction (p. 1)
  Gender and Race (p. 5)
  Coping With War: Numbing the Pain (p. 19)
  Sex, Sexuality, and Sexual Assault (p. 25)
  The Changing Military and the Beginning of the All-Volunteer Force (p. 42)
  Memory vs. Reality: What Really Happened? (p. 53)
  Where Do I Go From Here? (p. 62)
  Healing Process and Reconciling War: Coming Home (p. 69)
  Bibliography (p. 82)
    Primary (p. 82)
    Secondary (p. 82)
  Appendix of Military Ranks (p. 85)
  Appendix of Air Force Ranks (p. 86)
  Appendix of Navy Ranks (p. 87)
  Curriculum Vitae (p. 88)

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Added: July 12, 2014 – Last updated: July 12, 2014