Survey of Experiences of Returning Veterans
A major, nationwide study is now underway to determine whether there are gender differences in how female and male military combat veterans readjust to civilian life - one of the first empirical investigations of its kind. This study, funded by a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, is a collaborative effort that includes researchers from WHRY's Women and Trauma Core, the VA, and the University of Connecticut.
Why this Study?
Of the more than 2.2 million Americans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001, approximately 250,000 have been women, and an unprecedented number of these women have been in combat. There has been concern that women combat veterans are more susceptible to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and post-deployment readjustment issues than men, given similar experiences. However, this speculation has not been investigated with empirical studies until now.
Click here for the Announcement from the VA.