Disrupting Nationalist Narratives: Understanding and Mobilizing Military Veterans

Disrupting Nationalist Narratives: Understanding and Mobilizing Military Veterans

Session Type(s): Panel

Within movements, veterans are often exploited as a homogenous and one-dimensional symbol without an understanding of the intersectional race, class and gender identities that exist within the veteran community. Simplifying them and defining them by their relationship with the very systems we are often trying to challenge not only deafens the voice of diverse veterans but also holds us back from combatting hyper-nationalistic structures and systems that weaponize notions of sacrifice to sustain their strength. This panel will work to deconstruct the veteran into diverse identities so we can understand the plurality of experiences and how to mobilize this population to win justice and change.