Military & Veteran Life

Many factors affect the everyday lives of active duty military personnel, veterans, and their families. Westat research supports the military’s human resource needs, including personnel recruitment and retention, quality of life, and programs for military members and their families. The results of these studies are used to shape many of the human resources policies and practices of the U.S. military.

Project Highlights

Examining health needs of female veterans

Little is known about the long-term health and mental health status of female Vietnam veterans. For many of these women, the effects of this war are still present in...

Examining sexual assault in the military

As part of its efforts to monitor and prevent sexual assault in the military, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) sponsors the Workplace and Gender Relations Survey (WGRS) of...

Improving how disability is evaluated

When servicemembers are unable to return to work due to sickness or injury, the military uses its Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) to determine their fitness for continued service,...

Understanding Vietnam veterans' health

To better understand and meet the health needs of veterans who served during the Vietnam era (the early 1960s to the mid-1970s), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)...

What stops veterans' access to mental health services?

Following the large number of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the incidence of mental health disorders has increased among veterans. These disorders include post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, substance...