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

Health and Economic Outcomes in the Alumni of the Wounded Warrior Project: 2010–2012

Heather Krull
Mustafa Oguz
Copyright Date: 2014
Published by: RAND Corporation
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    Health and Economic Outcomes in the Alumni of the Wounded Warrior Project
    Book Description:

    The Wounded Warrior Project has developed programs to help care for injured service members and veterans. This report describes how project alumnus respondents are faring in domains related to mental health and resiliency, physical health, and employment and finances.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8257-2
    Subjects: History, Law, Public Health

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-xvi)
  6. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xvii-xviii)
  7. Abbreviations
    (pp. xix-xx)
  8. CHAPTER ONE Introduction and Background
    (pp. 1-4)

    This document describes analysis performed by the RAND Corporation for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). WWP is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors by raising awareness about the needs of injured service members, helping them assist one another, and providing programs that nurture the mind and body and encourage economic empowerment and engagement.

    WWP is engaged in a longitudinal data-collection effort involving five waves of a survey aimed at understanding the deployment experiences, employment status, financial circumstances, physical and emotional health, and health care needs of its alumni.¹ RAND researchers developed the survey instrument...

  9. CHAPTER TWO Survey Methodology
    (pp. 5-6)

    WWP maintains a database of alumni who self-register for participation in the project. At the time of registration, each individual provides information on his or her branch of service, current service status, rank, type of discharge, dates of service, and injuries incurred.

    All three surveys, 2010 through 2012, were web-based and administered to all alumni in the WWP database. Westat fielded the 2010 survey between February 5 and March 22, 2010, a time span of six weeks; the 2011 survey took place over seven weeks, between March 29 and May 17, 2011; and the 2012 survey was administered over the...

  10. CHAPTER THREE Analysis and Results
    (pp. 7-80)

    This chapter presents our main analyses, beginning with a description of the respondents from the three survey years, and followed by an analysis of each strategic objective.

    Before detailing the results of the analysis of the strategic objectives, we describe the demographic and service characteristics of the respondents. Table 3.1 shows the details for three data sets: the 2010, 2011, and 2012 full sets of responses.¹

    The vast majority (approximately 90 percent) of all respondents were male. Ninety percent of all respondents were under the age of 50, with 40 percent between the ages of 30 and 39 and the...

  11. CHAPTER FOUR Comparisons with Related Studies
    (pp. 81-84)

    WWP requested that, where possible, we draw comparisons to related studies that examine these outcomes or metrics among the general population, or more ideally, other veteran populations. We now describe some of these other results found in the literature, but we caution once again that, in many cases, the findings are not directly comparable to those for WWP alumni. Specifically, one of the requirements for membership in WWP is that the individual have suffered a service-connected disability since 9/11, so one might expect that, along the dimensions with which WWP is concerned, alumni might fare worse than the general population...

  12. CHAPTER FIVE Conclusions and Discussion
    (pp. 85-86)

    This report takes an in-depth approach to the issues of mental health and resiliency, physical health, and employment and financial outcomes among WWP alumni. Specifically, we analyze a subset of survey questions that allow for the assessment of goals important to WWP. For each question, we examine whether certain respondent characteristics (e.g., gender, age, disability rating, injury type) are associated with different outcomes. In some cases, in which WWP has focused on a very specific response option or survey item, we broaden the definition of the characteristic to consider whether individuals are making use of different mechanisms to help them...

  13. APPENDIX Alternative Specifications of Wounded Warrior Project Goals
    (pp. 87-98)
  14. References
    (pp. 99-102)