Long-Term Outcomes of Military Service: The Health and Well-Being of Aging Veterans

Publication Type Book
Year of Publication 2018
Authors Spiro, A, Settersten, RA, Aldwin, CM
Edition 1
Number of Pages 288
Publisher American Psychological Association Press
City Washington, DC
ISBN 978-1-4338-2804-1
Abstract Using data compiled from longitudinal studies of World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans, contributors to this groundbreaking book examine the effects of military service across the lifespan. The U.S. spends more than 100 billion dollars annually on healthcare for more than 30 million active military and veterans.

The prevalence of negative trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among military veterans is well-known. But other more subtle effects of military service — particularly on health and well-being in later life — are less well-understood, among researchers as well as medical and mental health professionals who care for veterans.

Chapters in this book give us crucial insights into the impact of military service, including the surprising finding that service can serve as a protective factor in some contexts, throughout the aging process.

Topic areas include

  • the effects of combat and stress on longevity and brain functioning
  • the use of memory, cognition, and ego development at various points in life
  • the relationship between experiences of discrimination and the later development of PTSD
  • marriage longevity
  • employment
  • the way notions of patriotism and nationalism among service personnel and their families may change over time
URL http://www.apa.org/pubs/books/4316183.aspx
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