Let the Healing Begin: Exploring the Relationship Between Military Trauma and Women Veterans' Use of Veterans Health Administration Services
Women are the fastest growing segment of the armed services and veterans population. The role of women in the armed forces is also shifting as Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom have blurred frontlines and recent policy changes open combat-related positions once reserved for men. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA), traditionally geared to health care needs of male veterans, has had to adapt to these new realities. Empirical studies have recently begun to focus on the relationship between military trauma and VHA utilization among women veterans. This study expands on these efforts, using new data from the 2010 National Survey of Veterans, to explore the relationship between military trauma (as measured by self-reported exposure to combat; the dead, dying and wounded; and environmental hazards) and women veteran's utilization of the VHA. In contrast to previous research, this study finds that military trauma, specifically exposure to the dead, dying or wounded, is positively correlated with VHA utilization for women veterans, suggesting women veterans who have suffered military trauma are seeking and receiving VHA care when needed. This study also finds that women veterans are more likely to use VHA services when they understand VHA benefits, suggesting recent policies to improve educational outreach may encourage women veterans to utilize VHA services.
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