July 24, 2014

Survey provides insight into newest generation of combat troops

By Phillip Carter

Source: Navy Times

Journalist(s) Patricia Kime

More than half of post-9/11 combat veterans say they have a mental health condition, but three-fourths report they are getting care, according to a new survey of young veterans conducted by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

The data released Thursday from a survey of the group’s membership provides a glimpse into the issues concerning a new generation of combat troops — an accounting that IAVA uses to direct its advocacy work and also to inform lawmakers and the public about what former service members find important.

The survey found that the majority of young veterans receiving treatment for their mental health conditions say they are satisfied with their care, both at the Veterans Affairs Department and in the private sector.

Seventy-two percent of those who get mental health care through VA report being satisfied; 91 percent using a non-VA provider said the same.

The survey was released as VA struggles to deal with a department-wide scandal about scheduling manipulation and appointment delays. The results appear to reflect the problems VA faces in providing timely access to health care.

Read the full article at Navy Times.

  • Phillip Carter

    Senior Fellow and Director, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Phillip Carter is Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security.  His research focuses on issues facing v...