Health and Economic Outcomes Among the Alumni of the Wounded Warrior Project

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

Jennifer L. Cerully
Mustafa Oguz
Heather Krull
Kate Giglio
Copyright Date: 2014
Published by: RAND Corporation
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    Health and Economic Outcomes Among the Alumni of the Wounded Warrior Project
    Book Description:

    In this report, the authors use the Wounded Warrior Project’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.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8601-3
    Subjects: Health Sciences, History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  4. Tables
    (pp. vii-viii)
  5. Summary
    (pp. ix-xii)
  6. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  7. Abbreviations
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  8. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-2)

    This document is intended to provide insight into the mental, physical, and economic wellbeing of current and former service members involved with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). WWP is a national, nonpartisan, charitable organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. The stated mission of WWP is “to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.” The WWP’s purpose is “to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.” WWP refers to its members asalumni,...

  9. CHAPTER TWO Overview of 2013 WWP Alumni Survey, Respondents, and Analysis
    (pp. 3-10)

    This chapter provides context to our analysis of the 2013 WWP Alumni Survey. First, we describe the administration of the survey, its content, and respondent characteristics. More-detailed information on each of these topics is available in the report generated by Westat, the company administering the survey (Franklin et al., 2013). We then provide a brief description of the analysis strategy used to generate the results presented in this report. We briefly address how the analyses reported here were selected and then describe the statistical techniques used to carry out analyses. A description of the variables used in analyses is provided,...

  10. CHAPTER THREE Mental Health Outcomes
    (pp. 11-16)

    WWP’s strategic objective 1 is toensure that Wounded Warriors are well adjusted in mind and spirit. To help WWP understand the needs of their alumni, data on the mental health challenges alumni face, along with their reported difficulty in getting mental health care, are reported in this chapter. Technical Appendix B contains details of the regression analysis reported in this chapter.

    The 2013 WWP Alumni survey contained measures that allow respondents to be screened for probable depression, PTSD, and problematic alcohol consumption. These screening measures assess the degree to which respondents reported having symptoms of mental health conditions and...

  11. CHAPTER FOUR Physical Health Outcomes
    (pp. 17-24)

    WWP’s strategic objective 2 is toensure that Wounded Warriors are well adjusted in body. To help WWP understand the physical health of their alumni, data on the body mass index (BMI) of alumni and the relationship of BMI to other physical health outcomes are reported in this chapter. Technical Appendix C contains details of regression analyses reported in this chapter.

    BMI is an indicator of being overweight or obese, and it was calculated for each respondent based on self-reported height and weight.¹ Obesity is linked with many negative health outcomes, including heart disease, cancers, and other chronic health problems...

  12. CHAPTER FIVE Economic Outcomes
    (pp. 25-28)

    WWP’s strategic objective 3 is toensure that Wounded Warriors are economically empowered. This chapter focuses on the relationship between injury type and education and employment outcomes of the WWP alumni. Technical Appendix D contains details of the regression analyses reported in this chapter.

    Forty-five percent of alumni are employed full time and 7 percent are employed part time. Thirty-six percent of alumni are out of the labor force (i.e., unemployed or not looking for work). The rate of unemployment among WWP alumni who are in the labor pool (who are either working or indicated that they looked for work...

  13. CHAPTER SIX Discussion
    (pp. 29-30)

    The statistical analyses described in this report drew upon WWP 2013 Alumni Survey results, and the results were weighted to represent all 2013 alumni. Our analysis explored the mental, physical, and financial well-being of current WWP alumni. Our results indicate that many, if not most, WWP alumni face substantial challenges in all three areas, and we hope that this report provides WWP with information helpful for setting priorities and making decisions about program efforts and policies. We now offer several issues for further consideration by WWP.

    Our results indicate that many WWP alumni face difficult mental health challenges, including depression,...

  14. TECHNICAL APPENDIX A Interpretation of Regression Analyses
    (pp. 31-34)
  15. TECHNICAL APPENDIX B Analyses for Chapter 3
    (pp. 35-40)
  16. TECHNICAL APPENDIX C Analyses for Chapter 4
    (pp. 41-62)
  17. TECHNICAL APPENDIX D Analyses for Chapter 5
    (pp. 63-82)
    (pp. 83-84)
  19. References
    (pp. 85-86)