This is a systematic review which examines the academic literature produced on the health and wellbeing needs of veterans. 21 systematic reviews were included in the study which highlighted the importance of adopting an integrated approach to veteran’s wellbeing.
For the majority of serving members, life in the military has a positive effect on wellbeing. However, the type, intensity and duration of service, along with the transition from full-time military to civilian life, may have a negative effect on veterans’ wellbeing. Such negative consequences, alongside the growing veteran population, indicate the need for greater exploration of veterans’ physical, mental and social wellbeing.
Oster, C., Morello, A., Venning, A., Redpath, P. and Lawn, S. (2017). "The Health and Wellbeing Needs of Veterans: A Rapid Review", BMC Psychiatry, Vol: 17, pp. 1-14. DOI 10.1186/s12888-017-1547-0