Health and Economic Outcomes among the Alumni of the Wounded Warrior Project: 2013

Health and Economic Outcomes among the Alumni of the Wounded Warrior Project: 2013

Health and Economic Outcomes among the Alumni of the Wounded Warrior Project: 2013

Health and Economic Outcomes among the Alumni of the Wounded Warrior Project: 2013

Synopsis

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) offers support and raises public awareness of service members who have experienced physical or mental health conditions associated with their service on or after September 11, 2001. In this report, the authors use WWP's 2013 survey of its members (alumni) to understand the physical, mental, and economic challenges that Wounded Warriors face. The researchers find that at least half of alumni reported dealing with mental health conditions such as depression and posttraumatic stress disorder, and many of these alumni reported difficulties or delays in seeking mental health care, or not doing so at all. Alcohol misuse also poses a problem. A large proportion of alumni are overweight or obese, conditions that negatively affect their daily lives, exercise routines, and overall health. Almost half of alumni are not working, and there is low participation in veteran-specific employment and education programs. This information can be used to better understand the needs of WWP alumni and the ways that WWP can serve and support this constituency.

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