Online Program

MIlitary Personnel, Veterans and Their Families: A Vulnerable Population

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Cheryl E. Easley, PhD , RN, Twin Solutions LLC, Harvest, AL
American armed services personnel in either active or veteran status have served in conflicts from WWII to the recent actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. During and after their tours of duties these men and women and their families are at risk for a range of health and social issues that might in time present challenges to them and to their communities. These risks include such things as traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide, sexual assault, domestic violence, and mental health issues for their children. Barriers to access of adequate health care, especially for returnees in rural and remote locations, may also impede their exercise of the right to the highest attainable standard of health.

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the range of physical, mental, and social health risks faced by armed services personnel, veterans, and their families. Discuss processes and barriers to the delivery of comprehensive health care to this population. Delineate gaps in knowledge and research imperatives related to health status and care for armed services personnel, veterans, and their families.

Keyword(s): Public Health, Vulnerable Populations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been involved in human rights activities for the APHA for many years and have written and spoken on related topics. I have also written and spoken widely on issues related to vulnerable populations, including health issues related to military personnel.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.