Introduction to The MEMCAT Study

If you are a U.S. combat veteran, I invite you to participate in the MEMCAT Study, an on-going study of combat and its personal consequences from the perspective of soldiers and veterans.

Put simply, the study asks veterans for detailed autobiographies of combat and its aftermath. It involves in-depth interviews with combat veterans on their most important memories of combat, their life after combat, and their opinions on the military and on war. The identity of the soldier or veteran is kept confidential, so the research has provided many combat veterans with a special opportunity to have their story heard and made public.

The MEMCAT Study gives veterans a voice in the scientific research on combat, combat memories, and their personal consequences, especially the invisible wounds or emotional injuries caused by combat. The veterans’ own stories and opinions guide the interviews, not the researcher’s assumptions or theories about combat. Every veteran has a unique story to tell, but the purpose is to find and analyze similarities and common differences in veterans’ memories of combat and its personal consequences.

The study will provide new insight into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other types of combat trauma. This can only be done by comparing and contrasting the stories and perspectives of many combat veterans, so I also encourage combat veterans who have not suffered from combat trauma to participate.

I am currently seeking combat veterans living in central and western Pennsylvania, the Maryland panhandle, and north-central West Virginia for in-person interviews. However, I strongly encourage anyone outside this area who is interested in being interviewed to please contact me about the possibility of participating.

Thank you for your time and interest,

Justin Snyder, Ph.D.