Estonia: Estonian Veterans in Transition

  • Tiia-Triin TruusaEmail author
  • Kairi Kasearu
  • Avo Trumm
Part of the International Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice book series (IPSPAP)


Truusa, Kasearu, and Trumm’s chapter highlights military veterans as a newly emerging social group in present-day Estonia. Estonia’s newly defined veterans, constructed in the Veterans Policy of 2012, are categorized controversially as those having served since Estonia’s independence in 1991. The authors utilize Axel Honneth’s (The Struggle for Recognition: The Moral Grammar of Social Conflicts. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1996) concept of recognition to explore both the personal and public meaning of being a veteran in contemporary Estonia. This chapter presents data from the Estonian Veteran Survey contrasting the higher life satisfaction measures of veterans still serving in the Estonian Defence Forces and the lower scores of those veterans having transitioned into civilian life.


Public attitudes Veteran definitions Social status Recognition Welfare systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Tartu, Insitute of Social SciencesTartuEstonia

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