Social security during Covid-19 : the experiences of military veterans

Scullion, LC ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5766-3241, Martin, PB ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2888-4261, Hynes, CJ and Young, DHJ 2021, 'Social security during Covid-19 : the experiences of military veterans' , in: Covid Realities : documenting the experiences of low-income families during COVID-19 , Policy Press. (In Press)

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Abstract

Research published prior to Covid-19 has illustrated some of the difficulties that veterans can experience within the benefits. Drawing upon unique insights from the UK’s first substantive qualitative research focusing on veterans within the benefits system, this chapter revisits pre-Covid concerns around mental health, benefits processes and support networks to explore the impact of the pandemic. Drawing on the accounts of a cohort of veterans who have complex needs, we provide important insights for policy and practice in relation to the need for careful consideration of when, how (or indeed whether) we return to ‘business as usual’ within the benefits system. Second, drawing on the accounts of our cohort of veterans provides an important contribution from those whose families are ‘fractured’ or where ‘family’, in the traditional sense, is absent. As such, we highlight the importance of taking a wider perspective on the nature of family, and particularly the importance and function of peer networks when considering how people experience, and are supported through, periods of crisis.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Garthwaite, K, Patrick, R, Power, M and Tarrant, A
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Publisher: Policy Press
Funders: Forces in Mind Trust
Depositing User: L Scullion
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2021 08:25
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2021 08:30
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/62105

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