Half of U.S. veterans report feeling like they don’t belong in society after separation from military service. Lack of belonging is often associated with feeling socially isolated or lonely. These feelings may increase the risk of veterans experiencing poor mental and physical health outcomes. This brief explores the negative impacts of social isolation and loneliness on veteran health and wellbeing. It calls for expanded veterans programing that connects veterans to each other while mimicking the values veterans miss about military life, including camaraderie, identity, purpose, physical activity, and learning.
Mental Health, Military, Social Isolation
Mental and Social Health | Social and Behavioral Sciences
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The author thanks Alexandra Punch and Shannon Monnat for edits to previous versions of this brief.
Graham, Emily, "Combating Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Veterans after Separation from Military Service" (2022). Population Health Research Brief Series. 202.
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