This research examines the amount of money homeless veterans spend on alcohol and drugs, as well as the association between public support income, i.e. VA disability compensation, and expenditures on alcohol and drugs. Though no association was found between VA disability compensation and substance use, this study does underscore the importance of policy establishing substance abuse treatment for homeless veterans. Future studies on this topic should include more female veterans.
Tsai, J., & Rosenheck, R. A. (2015). VA disability compensation and money spent on substance use among homeless veterans: A controversial association. Psychiatric Services, 66(6), 641–644. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201400245
Military and Veterans Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology | Substance Abuse and Addiction
Homelessness, Veterans, Substance abuse, Research brief
Homelessness; Homeless veterans; Veterans; Substance abuse
Government and Community Services
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "VA Disability Compensation and Money Spent on Substance Use Among Homeless Veterans: A Controversial Association"" (2017). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 353.
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