Award Date

December 2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Public Policy and Leadership

First Committee Member

Jessica Word

Second Committee Member

Jayce Farmer

Third Committee Member

Sandra Owens

Fourth Committee Member

Stefani Relles

Number of Pages



The purpose of this study was to investigate the process of transitioning of veterans the perspective of acculturation. The study explored the lived experience of veterans, by attempting to gain a better understanding of the transition process of post 9/11 military members.

The study used the acculturation framework to view the experiences of transitioning from military to civilian culture. Limited research exists examining the connection between acculturation and transitioning for veterans. The phenomenological methodology was used to explain the veterans’ experiences.

The study revealed that TAP, the government-mandated transition program did very little to prepare veterans transition back to the civilian world. Veterans either walked away with little-to-no information, or a lack of understanding of the help they needed to do to move on. Themes emerged such as veterans helping each other, broken channels of communication, and the importance of families, friends, and faith.


Acculturation; Military; Service member; Transitioning; Veterans


Public Administration | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Public Policy

File Format


Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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