It is important to study the health of veterans. There is a large veteran population, many of whom receive compensation for combat-related disabilities. Studies have supported the finding that combat veterans can suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Many claim that serving as a veteran has a significant impact on one’s mental health. Other studies argue that more problems persist when it comes to the ability for a veteran to receive, access, and use benefits for mental health treatment. Thus, it is important to ask whether or not mental health truly is a persistent problem for veterans, including those who have served overseas or have seen combat. It is also important to study the trends in their access and use of benefits. Alcohol use and suicide are other areas of interest, as they are related to mental illness. The 2010 national BRFSS allowed access to data which could answer these questions, and no study had focused on addressing all of these questions and variables together. The study had many significant findings, which will be discussed in the presentation!
Kozusko, Bryan, "Veterans Status and Its Impact on Mental Health, Access, Use, Alcohol Use and Suicide" (2017). Master of Public Health Capstone Presentations. Presentation 207.