Support for UK Veterans

Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Snapshot Housing and Accomodation

Snapshot Housing

This Snapshot summarises themes and issues relating to housing and accommodation among UK serving personnel and veterans, including single people and families. The Snapshot sets out policy responses and current structures …

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Out of the shadows: Chronic pain in Canadian Armed Forces veterans — Proceedings of a workshop at the 2019 Forum of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research

This commentary summarizes proceedings of a workshop on chronic pain in military personnel and veterans (released personnel) at the Annual Forum of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health …

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Gambling problems among United Kingdom armed forces veterans: Associations with gambling motivation and posttraumatic stress disorder

Military service, mental health, and gambling activities and motivations as predictors of problem gambling in a sample of UK AF veterans. Age-and-gender matched veterans (n = 1,037) and non-veterans (n = 1,148) completed an …

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Professor Hugh MacLean: one of the first British military research nephrologists and the pioneer of the  rst United Kingdom veterans’ renal clinic

Few people have been as successful in bringing together basic research, clinical science, and a contribution to military medicine as Professor Hugh MacLean. However, today he is almost forgotten. During …

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“A Part of Our Family”? Effects of Psychiatric Service Dogs on Quality of Life and Relationship Functioning in Military-Connected Couples

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can have corrosive impacts on family relationships and individual functioning. Emerging evidence has shown that psychiatric service dogs may be an effective complementary treatment for military …

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Depression symptoms as a potential mediator of the association between disordered eating symptoms and sexual function in women service members and veterans

Sexual dysfunction is associated with disorders commonly diagnosed in service members/veterans (SM/Vs; e.g., depression, posttraumatic stress disorder) and increased risk for suicide in service women. Theory indicates depression may play …

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Body image and psychosocial well-being among UK military personnel and veterans who sustained appearance-altering conflict injuries

This study highlights the psychosocial experiences and unmet support needs of personnel and veterans who sustained appearance-altering injuries (e.g., scarring and limb loss). Findings can inform the development of interventions …

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Dose of Exercise Therapy Among Active Duty Soldiers With Chronic Pain Is Associated With Lower Risk of Long-Term Adverse Outcomes After Linking to the Veterans Health Administration

The objective of this study was to determine if exercise therapy received in the MHS among soldiers with chronic pain is associated with long-term adverse outcomes after military separation and …

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Post-deployment screening for mental disorders and tailored advice about help-seeking in the UK military: a cluster randomised controlled trial

This randomized controlled trial aimed to assess whether post-deployment screening for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, or alcohol misuse was effective among Royal Marines and Army personnel in the …

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Dose of Exercise Therapy Among Active Duty [US] Soldiers with Chronic Pain Is Associated with Lower Risk of Long-Term Adverse Outcomes After Linking to the Veterans Health Administration

This study sought to understand the effect of exercise therapy received during military service in soldiers with chronic pain. The medical records of soldiers who had received exercise therapy were …

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Sustained positive behaviour change of wounded, injured and sick UK military following an adaptive adventure sports and health coaching recovery course

This study offers a novel contribution and significant extension to existing literature by highlighting the enduring impacts of adaptive sports and adventure training programmes in activating UK WIS military personnel …

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Exit Wounds

In this report, members of the veteran LGBTQ+ community share their lived experiences of life before, during and after service in the UK military.

The Invisible Man

For this research, male veterans shared their lived experience of military sexual trauma in the British Armed Forces.

Understanding risk in younger Veterans: Risk and protective factors associated with suicide attempt, homelessness, and arrest in a nationally representative Veteran sample

Accumulating research suggests unique patterns of suicide risk, homelessness, and criminal-justice involvement in younger (age < 40) relative to older (aged 40+) cohorts of Veterans. However, potential explanations for these differences remain …

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Resilience to Suicidal Ideation among U.S. Military Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress: Results from the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study

Veterans with combat exposure experience high rates of posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) and associated suicidal ideation. The current study examined whether social support (i.e., social connectedness and social engagement) and …

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Building Connections through Sport and Physical Activity for Ill and Injured Military Members and Veterans: Determining the Optimal Time for Program Involvement

Research has shown that physical fitness can benefit individuals with an injury or illness, enhancing their psycho-social health and well-being. The Soldier On program supports Canadian Armed Forces personnel and …

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Study protocol for a prospective, longitudinal cohort study investigating the medical and psychosocial outcomes of UK combat casualties from the Afghanistan war: the ADVANCE Study

This paper details the study protocol for the ADVANCE study. ADVANCE is a prospective cohort study. The study aims to determine the long-term effects on both the medical and psychosocial …

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Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse among Civilian Partners of UK Military Personnel: Perceptions of the Impact of Military Life and Experiences of Help-seeking and Support

This report explores the unique experiences of and challenges faced by civilian victim-survivors of abuse occurring within intimate relationships with military or ex-military personnel. The research centres on discussions around …

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Maximising Operational Effectiveness: Exploring Stigma, Militarism, and the Normative Connections to Military Partners’ Support-Seeking

Partners of serving personnel encounter numerous challenges when managing military-related demands, particularly due to deployments and other related separations. Challenges include taking responsibility for children and households, conflict when military …

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ICD-11 posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD (CPTSD) in treatment seeking veterans: risk factors and comorbidity

This paper explores post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) in treatment seeking veterans. In this study, risk factors and comorbidity between veterans meeting criteria for PTSD …

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Endogenous theta stimulation during meditation predicts reduced opioid dosing following treatment with Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement

This study used electroencephalography (EEG) to assess the effects of a mindfulness-based, cognitive training intervention for opioid misuse. 62 veterans receiving long-term opioid therapy (LTOT) took part in either Mindfulness-Oriented …

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Sexual (mis)conduct in the Canadian forces

This paper delves into findings that Canadian Armed Forces culture is gendered and misogynistic. It looks into related issues and what may be contributing to this culture.

E-Cigarette Use and Perceptions Among Veterans Receiving Outpatient Treatment in Veterans Affairs Substance Use and Mental Health Clinics

This study investigated risk perceptions and attitudes toward e-cigarettes in military veterans with mental health conditions. 98 US veterans completed a survey on smoking and health. The study found that most …

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Mindfulness as a mediator between trauma exposure and mental health outcomes: Results from the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study

This study evaluated whether mindful attention to the present moment mediated the association between number of lifetime traumas and mental health in a sample of  1,268 trauma-exposed U.S. veterans. The …

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Development of Predictive Informatics Tool Using Electronic Health Records to Inform Personalized Evidence-Based Pressure Injury Management for Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury.

This article details the development of an informatics tool that provides a basis for personalized pressure injury (PrI) risk management for veterans following Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Using this tool …

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Lifting Our Sights Beyond 2030

This report explores the impact of future trends on the transition of Service personnel and families from military to civilian life.

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The Health and Wellbeing of Armed Forces Veterans in Northern Ireland: A Feasibility Study on Accessing Data for Research Purposes on Veterans in Northern Ireland

This report details work that is part of the Northern Ireland Veterans Health and Wellbeing Study (NIVHWS). This feasibility study discusses accessing data on veterans for research purposes in Northern …

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