Veterans and Volunteering: A Phenomenological Study of Values and Motivations in Serving Others
School of Behavioral Sciences
Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling (EdD)
veterans, volunteering, recruitment, reintegration, supper volunteer, volunteer satisfaction
Alexander, Felix Edward, "Veterans and Volunteering: A Phenomenological Study of Values and Motivations in Serving Others" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3655.
The purpose of this phenomenological qualitative study is to understand and describe veterans’ perspectives of volunteering, including their values and motivation. Veterans are internally motivated and committed to helping others. Approximately 92% of veterans regard community service to be extremely important. Some researchers link military service with future volunteering in the community. Veterans possess essential skills and resources that are needed in the community. Current research affirms that social ties, religious involvement, and recruitment contacts promote volunteering. Scholars believe volunteering serves one of three purposes: sociability, self-interest, and/or altruism. It is an individual and collective empowerment with the public good, community spirit and inclusiveness, and a sense of well-being. The promotion of and reliance on volunteering validates an important and urgent need. More research is required on constituting and regulating volunteerism. The theories guiding this study are both Self-Determination Theory and Volunteer Functions Approach. The Self-Determination Theory aligns motivation on a continuum, and the Volunteer Functions Approach addresses volunteers’ motivations with respect to their reasons, purposes, plans, and goals. Both the proposed data collection and data analysis strategies are interviews and observations.