American Military Life in the 21st Century
Social, Cultural, and Economic Issues and Trends
by Eugenia L. Weiss and Carl Andrew Castro, Editors
November 2018, 700pp, 7x10
2 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5518-4
$198, 165€, A283
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-5519-1
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More than seven percent of all living Americans have served in the armed forces at one time or another in their lives.

A comprehensive guide to the lives and experiences of military service members, veterans, and their families in the United States today, with special emphasis given to those of the post-9/11 era.

This reference work provides detailed information on the issues U.S. service members face both stateside and during deployments overseas. Issues covered include relations with family; substance use; housing; educational and job training opportunities; post-traumatic stress disorder and other health issues; and experiences of women, sexual minorities, and ethnic/racial minorities in the armed services.

This set also examines major issues related to military service for people close to the men and women who serve our country, such as spouses or partners, children, and parents grappling with such issues as single parenthood during deployment and bereavement at the loss of a loved one. Finally, this set is a valuable resource for people seeking a greater understanding of the issues that confront some military service members and veterans, from chronic health problems to economic vulnerability to suicide to incarceration. The two volumes are written in a comprehensive yet succinct and accessible style by experts familiar with the latest trends and findings.


  • Providers readers with a current understanding of the experiences of U.S. service members, veterans, and their families in the post-9/11 era of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Examines issues pertinent to minority populations in the military and delineates health and mental health issues that affect all combat service members, summarizing evidence-based interventions and access to care
  • Provides firsthand perspectives and experiences of military-connected families and children
  • Analyzes societal costs and supports for building military-civilian community connections, including in the transition
Eugenia L. Weiss, PsyD, LCSW, is clinical associate professor and a senior associate dean of faculty affairs at the University of Southern California's Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. She maintained a psychotherapy practice serving military service members, veterans, and their families for over 18 years. She is author or coauthor of multiple peer-reviewed journal publications and coauthor or coeditor of books relating to U.S. military service personnel, veterans, and their families. Weiss is chair of the Higher Education Working Group, co-organizer for the annual Military Social Work Conference, and a proud Army mom.

Carl Andrew Castro, PhD, is associate professor and director of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families at the University of Southern California's Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Dr. Castro began his military career as an infantryman in 1981, completed two tours in Iraq, and served on peacekeeping missions to Saudi Arabia, Bosnia and Kosovo. He retired from the Army at the rank of colonel. He is currently chair of a NATO research group on military veteran transitions, a Fulbright Scholar, and member of several Department of Defense and Veteran Affairs advisory boards.


"School and public libraries should consider this title if serving military clientele or those who may be weighing joining a branch of the military. This interdisciplinary work is highly recommended for academic libraries as it has value for programs in American history, military science, political science, social work, and sociology."—ARBA, February 4, 2019
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