Study reveals last generation of post-9/11 U.

(Boston) — Previous research has examined how the post-military health and well-being of the broader veteran population and previous veterans differs from that of non-veterans. However, no study to date has provided a holistic examination of how the health, professional, financial, and social well-being of the new generation of US military veterans post-9/11 compares to their peers. non-veterans.

Now, a new study has found that these veterans report similar or better outcomes than non-veterans in a number of life domains. This includes greater engagement in a number of positive health behaviors and better outcomes on some aspects of social well-being than non-veterans.

“The finding that post-9/11 veterans reported greater engagement in certain health-promoting behaviors is particularly interesting given that this finding contrasts with research on the veteran population as a whole (including veterans who have served before September 11)”, explains the correspondent. author Dawne S. Vogt, PhD, research scientist in the Division of Women’s Health Sciences, National PTSD Center of the VA Boston Healthcare System and professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine.

US post-9/11 veterans and non-veterans reported on their broader health and well-being in a confidential online survey in 2018. Although researchers found that men and women female veterans after 9/11 had poorer health than non-veterans, they reported greater engagement in a number of positive health behaviors (healthy eating and exercise) and were more likely to indicate have access to health care. Veterans also endorsed greater social well-being than non-veterans on several outcomes, while few differences were observed in occupational and financial well-being.

“Despite their greater vulnerability to health problems, the new generation of post-9/11 American veterans report performing similarly or better than non-veterans in many aspects of their lives. These findings underscore the value of examining a wider range of health and wellness outcomes in veterans research and highlight a number of important directions for intervention, public health education, policy, and research related to reintegration of military veterans into broader civil society,” says Vogt.

According to the researchers, the finding that post-9/11 veterans reported poorer health status than their peers, although not surprising given their potential exposure to health risks in the army, confirms the need for continued investment in the provision of high quality services. health care in VA and community health care facilities. “Given that post-9/11 veterans reported greater engagement in certain health-promoting behaviors than their non-veteran peers (diet, physical activity, and strength training), these efforts should also focus on preventing decline in health. veterans’ health engagement- promoting lifelong behaviors,” she added. Additionally, the findings support the need for greater attention to veterans’ strengths, as well as to their vulnerabilities, in research and public education efforts.

These results are published online in the journal Social Sciences and Medicine – Population Health.

This material is based on work supported by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration, Patient Care Services, and the Military Exposure Epidemiology Program on Health Outcomes .

Vogt D., Borowski S., Maguen S., Blosnich JR, Hoffmire CA, Bernhard PA, Iverson KM, and Schneiderman A., Strengths and Vulnerabilities: Comparing Post-9/11 American Veterans’ and Non-Veterans’ Perceptions Well -being at large, SSM – Population Health (2022), doi: https://doi.org/10.10


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