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Adverse childhood and combat experiences may drive veterans' suicidal thoughts

Feb 28, 2021

The rate of suicide among post-9/11 military veterans has been rising for nearly a decade. While there are a number of factors associated with suicide, veterans have unique experiences that may contribute to them thinking about killing themselves. “Compared to their civilian peers, veterans are…

Post-9/11 veterans with moral injury are having trouble connecting to others

Jul 22, 2020

A recent study, led by researchers at the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State, is the first to examine the relationship between moral injury and social well-being over a long period of time. The study included nearly 10,000 veterans who were followed for three years. Moral…

Childhood experiences and exposure to combat linked to poorer mental health

Jul 10, 2020

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are early life adversities that include exposure to abuse, neglect, and living in toxic environments. Exposure to ACEs is associated with physical and mental health, as well as developmental and behavioral problems. Individuals in the military are more likely to…

Science, Solutions & a SEAL who survived being shot 27 times

Apr 8, 2020

The Henry M Jackson Foundation's Cynthia L. Gilman and Daniel F. Perkins, principal scientist and founder of the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State, explain how The Veteran Metrics Initiative (TVMI) works to ensure veteran programs actually help vets. And imagine surviving a…

Health services and programs being used by post-9/11 veterans

Mar 26, 2020

Providing quality healthcare to veterans with mental health issues is complex, especially given that there are some delays in receiving care from the VA system and veterans have a wider choice of healthcare options under the Veterans Choice Act/Veteran Community Care program. A recent study asked…

Researchers examine why health and social services go unused by new veterans

Feb 27, 2019

Returning to civilian life can be challenging for veterans. While there are many programs and services aimed at helping them readjust, some veterans do not take advantage of these supportive resources. A Penn State-led research team examined factors that are associated with program non-use among…

Clearinghouse evaluates veterans’ use of transition programs

Jan 31, 2019

There are more than 20 million military veterans in the United States, and that number is projected to grow rapidly over the next several years. Some veterans take advantage of the many public and private programs and services created to help them reintegrate into civilian life. Yet, little is…

Fredman's work featured in U.S. News & World Report

May 24, 2018

Not only do veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder often suffer from feelings of anxiety, anger, sadness and guilt, but they are also at risk for increased academic difficulties, a new study found. Published in the journal Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, the study…
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Posttraumatic stress affects academics

May 24, 2018

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) caused by traumatic military experiences is associated with feelings of anxiety, anger, sadness and/or guilt. New Penn State research is evaluating how PTSD symptoms increase risks for academic difficulties as well. Steffany Fredman, assistant professor of human…