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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…

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…

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…

Long-term impact of the U.S. Armed Forces zero-tolerance drug policy on female veterans

In 1980, the U.S. military instituted a zero-tolerance policy for illicit substance use that led to a reduction in such use during military services. Long-term post-military effects have not been studied. Significant interactions primarily involved substance use diagnoses which were…

A Pilot Study on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Physical Activity and Well-Being of United States Military Veterans in Alaska

The COVID-19 pandemic and measures taken in response to the pandemic, including compulsory stay-at-home orders, have negatively impacted people’s physical and mental well-being in the United States (US). These issues may be exacerbated in US military veterans; however, little to…

The Impact of Service Life on the Military Child: The Overlooked Casualties of Conflict – Update and Review Report

In 2009 the Royal Navy Royal Marines Children’s Fund (now known as the Naval Children’s Charity) published the Overlooked Casualties of Conflict Report. This ground-breaking document brought together research and expert opinion to highlight the experiences and challenges faced by…

The impact of moral injury on the wellbeing of UK military veterans

Experiences of potentially morally injurious events (PMIEs) have been found to negatively impact the mental health of US personnel/veterans, yet little is known about the effect of PMIEs on the mental health of the UK Armed Forces (AF). This cross-sectional…

Arts activity and well-being for visually impaired military veterans: a narrative discussion of current knowledge

Objectives The objective of this study was to offer an overview of literature relating to the topic of arts as activity within the context of military and veteran health and to consider the implications of current knowledge on future research…

Gender differences in barriers to mental healthcare for UK military veterans: a preliminary investigation

While stigma, previous poor experience of mental healthcare and a lack of trust in civilian providers were found to act as barriers to postmilitary support for both men and women, significantly more women reported that their gender had also impacted…