Battling the Storm Within

Thursday, November 16, 2017

2017 Health of Women who have served findings

This report provides a national baseline and comparative portrait of the health of women who have served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and those who have not. Findings highlight the positive health experiences as well as health challenges affecting women who have served. In particular, key findings from the most recent period, 2014-2015, indicate that as compared to women who have not served, those who have served have:
  • Significantly higher overall rates of mental illness including lifetime depression, any mental illness in the past year, and suicidal thoughts in the past year.
  • Better overall self-reported health status, yet significantly higher rates of chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease, COPD, cancer, and arthritis.
  • Significantly higher overall rates of health insurance coverage, access to primary care, and utilization of preventive services such as cancer screenings.
  • Significantly lower overall rates of physical inactivity and obesity, yet higher rates of insufficient sleep.

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