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Rural–urban disparities in colorectal cancer screening among military service members and Veterans

Introduction: Little is known about rural–urban disparities in colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates among the military service member and Veteran (SMV) population in the United States. Given that health care access is a challenge in rural areas, we sought to…

Rural and Urban Supported Employment Programs in the Veterans Health Administration: Comparison of Barriers and Facilitators to Vocational Achievement for Veterans Experiencing Mental Illnesses

The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to compare urban and rural supported employment programs on barriers and facilitators with employment for veterans experiencing mental illnesses. Supported employment personnel from rural programs perceived significantly more barriers to work success compared…

A Study of Rural and Native-American Students’ Military Identities, Military Family History, and Reading and Writing Interests in a Military-friendly, Military-themed Composition Course

In this study, the authors addressed first-year-composition students in an economically depressed, rural area, with their state of residence having a high number, per capita, of service-members and veterans of recent wars. Additionally, some students identified as Native American. The…

A Culturally Adapted Family Intervention for Rural Pacific Island Veterans with PTSD

The Veterans Affairs mission to provide equitable, accessible, and patient-centered care necessitates that culturally appropriate interventions are available when cultural differences may jeopardize engagement in care. However, within the VA, wounded warriors residing in rural areas in the Pacific Islands…

Trauma in Veterans With Substance Use Disorder: Similar Treatment Need Among Urban and Rural Residents

The objective of this study is to determine whether rural residence is associated with trauma exposure or posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms among military veterans seeking treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Delivering mental…

Factors impacting rural Pacific Island veterans’ access to care: A qualitative examination

Pacific Island veterans suffer from greater severity of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compared with Caucasian veterans but face substantial barriers to mental health care. However, the factors that may dissuade or facilitate veterans in the Pacific Islands from seeking mental…

A Study of Rural and Native-American College Students’ Military Identities, Military Family History, and Reading Interests

This study addresses college students in a Southwestern, economically depressed, rural area, with their state of residence having a high number, per capita, of service-members and veterans of recent wars. Additionally, some students identified as Native American. The study’s purpose…

Rural American Indian and Alaska Native veterans’ telemental health: A model of culturally centered care

American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) veterans living in rural areas have unique health care needs and face numerous barriers to accessing health care services. Among these needs is a disproportionate prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses.…

Academic Detailing with Provider Audit and Feedback Improve Prescribing Quality for Older Veterans

Suboptimal prescribing persists as a driver of poor quality care of older veterans and is associated with risk of hospitalization and emergency department visits. We adapted a successful medication management model, Integrated Management and Polypharmacy Review of Vulnerable Elders (IMPROVE),…

Native American Vietnam-era Veterans’ Access to VA Healthcare: Vulnerability and Resilience in Two Montana Reservation Communities

As a growing segment of the military, Native Americans are expected to increase enrollment in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare. Currently, 20% of Native American veterans are aged 65–74, which means they served during the Vietnam era. This study…