Older Veterans: Lifetime Consequences of Military Service

Kari L. Fletcher, James A. Martin, Eric R. Black, Rachel Dekel, Mariah Rooney, David L. Albright

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Given the paucity of research on aging veterans, this chapter examines research and data from the United States, where more than 8.5 million veterans are age sixty-five or older. The authors highlight several important considerations-including military duties and service life, and post-service experiences-important when considering the well-being of veterans across their lifespan. During military service, individuals are exposed to an array of physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and/or spiritual stressors. Over time, stress is cumulative and may have both immediate and long-term implications for both physical and mental health and overall well-being. It is important to note that, even when not present earlier, trauma-related stressors may emerge and present themselves in the lives of older veterans. Finally, the authors discuss additional implications for practice, policy, and research. Within each section of the chapter, a case vignette is provided to support the discussion.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPreventing and Treating the Invisible Wounds of War
Subtitle of host publicationCombat Trauma, Moral Injury, and Psychological Health
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780197646618
ISBN (Print)9780197646588
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023

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  • aging
  • lifespan
  • policy
  • stress
  • trauma
  • veterans


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