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Trajectories of alcohol misuse among the UK Armed Forces over a 12-year period

To identify the main trajectories of alcohol misuse among UK military personnel from 12 years after the start of the Iraq war (2003) and the factors associated with each trajectory. In a cohort of approximately 7000 UK military personnel, trajectories…

Australian universities and educational equity for student veterans

This report draws upon a small but growing scholarship on student veterans in Australia. Two recent projects and studies led by La Trobe University in conjunction with the Australian Student Veterans Association (ASVA) (Harvey, Andrewartha, Smith, & Wyatt-Smith, 2018) and…

Should we give military families a break? A call for research on military family holidays

While the well-being of the family unit is increasingly acknowledged (eg, in academic research, policy debate and podcast media) as central to the fitness and resilience of the Armed Forces, initiatives to support family well-being have been slow to emerge.…

Trends in cardiovascular disease in Scottish military veterans: a retrospective cohort study

To examine the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in Scottish military veterans in comparison with people who had never served in long-term follow-up to 2017, and to compare the findings with our earlier study to 2012 to assess trends. Retrospective…

Getting Transition Right in Scotland: Housing – Making a Home in Civilian Society

It is estimated that of the current veterans population of around 250,000 living in Scotland, around 100,000 are presently of working age, with up to another 1,800 individuals a year (plus their partners and families) joining those numbers. Although, longer…

Archetype Profiles of Military Spouses in Australia – Identifying Perfect Partners and Mean Girls

Military spouses are situated at the junction of the military and civilian worlds. They provide necessary support to military strategic and operational objectives and are also expected to perform a traditional spousal role of the ‘good’ military wife. This article…

Older veterans: The materiality of reminiscence, making unknown histories knowable and forging social connections

Materials have long been used by individuals reflecting on personal histories, and researchers have evidenced the associated therapeutic value particularly among older populations. In this article, we consider older veterans’ reminiscence through attending interviews and workshops, focusing on the performative…

Dementia in Scottish military veterans: early evidence from a retrospective cohort study

There was no evidence to suggest that military service increased the risk of dementia, although this may change as the cohort ages. The well-documented association with PTSD shows no evidence of being stronger in veterans; by contrast, the association of…

We Also Served: The Health and Well-Being of Female Veterans in the UK

Women’s integration into the UK Armed Forces has resulted from a number of policy changes over the decades. Women now make up 11% of the UK Armed Forces and veteran population. However, research focused on female veterans in the UK…

Prevalence of Potentially Morally Injurious Events in Operationally Deployed Canadian Armed Forces Members

As moral injury is a still-emerging concept within the area of military mental health, prevalence estimates for moral injury and its precursor, potentially morally injurious events (PMIEs), remain unknown for many of the world's militaries. The present study sought to…