Women Military Veterans, Disability, and Employment


This study investigates whether U.S. women veterans are affected by disability and their veteran status when seeking employment in the civilian sector.


This study contributes to the growing body of literature about women veterans of the U.S. military by investigating how veteran status and disability are related to women's ability to work. The study uses nationally representative data to analyze labor market outcomes of women who served in the U.S. military since 1973, with a focus on findings about women who have served since 2001. Results indicate women who served after 2001 are more likely to have a disability when compared to men veterans and women nonveterans. Those women veterans who do not have a disability are more likely to be employed than their nonveteran counterparts, net of controls for demographic factors. Disability, including service-related disability, is strongly related to unemployment and being out of the labor force. The discussion considers the implications of women's military service for their ability to work.

Full Reference

Women Military Veterans, Disability, and Employment. Anastasia Prokos, LeAnn N. Cabage. Armed Forces & Society .Vol 43, Issue 2, 2017 pp. 346 - 367