The prominent narrative of the veteran community has remained stagnant for far too long. The GWOT generation has endured sustained operations in the longest war in American history. Since the official conclusion of that conflict, veterans have begun asking themselves the very important question: “what now?”
The answer has been multifaceted. Some veterans choose to live in the past, reliving the glory days of yore and maintaining the mindset of having “done their time.” Others are relishing in the current zeitgeist of exalted victimhood, portraying themselves as broken warriors without a battle to fight. There are those who subscribe to the “Captain America complex”- veterans who use their service as a reason to consider themselves better than the ordinary citizen with daily displays of condescension.
“Everyone wants to see you do good, but never better than them.” ~ A Bronx Tale
All of these phenomena are rooted in a form of stunted personal growth which arises from lack of awareness in their transition from servicemember to civilian. This lack of growth and refusal to move beyond their service has led to an increase in the “civ-mil divide” and left the veteran community wallowing in isolation and resentment.
We are fighting to change this. The Kinetic Syndicate is striving to increase awareness beyond mere virtue signaling and hashtag-activism. We seek to challenge bad ideas, pervasive, harmful mindsets, and regressive stereotypes. We want to encourage the integration of veterans into larger society as assets, not liabilities.
We challenge the current veteran narrative by focusing on the “hard to swallow” issues, forcing introspection and critical thinking, and by encouraging positivity and action within the veteran space.
We want to change the way veterans view society– Currently, veterans see society as an uncaring monolith. They view civilians as aloof, lazy, and less for their lack of military service. This perspective only leads to further isolation and loneliness which cascades into myriad mental health, employment, and social problems for veteran community as a whole.
We want to change the way society views veterans– There is a very palpable apprehension from society regarding the latest generation of veterans. This perception only serves to perpetuate stereotypes from PTSD-ridden, dysfunctional, “ticking time bombs” to broken victims of circumstance, to exalted exemplars of morality and virtue. We want to show society that we too are human and have as much to offer as anyone else.
We want to change the way veterans view themselves- Too many veterans restrict themselves based on an old identity. The fear of moving on is a very salient fear however, it is one that must be faced. We strive to lead by example and show that service is something to be proud of but, is also only a chapter in one’s life. We seek to show veterans that there is potential for a meaningful and purposeful existence beyond military service.
Transition is harder than anyone has given credit. The difficulties arise from a sudden perceived lack of purpose in the world. We want to demonstrate how to find that purpose in the outside world and, in the end, make transition a process, not a problem.
Thank you for taking the time to read our mission statement. Change requires discomfort and honesty with yourself; only then can we begin to make actual change, and improve the lives of our veterans.
Res Non Verba
“Actions not Words.”