Military service members and veterans face some different health issues than civilians. During combat, the main health concerns are life-threatening injuries. These include
There may also be a risk of health problems from exposure to environmental hazards, such as contaminated water, chemicals, and infections.
Being in combat and being separated from your family can be stressful. The stress can put service members and veterans at risk for mental health problems. These include anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and substance abuse. Suicide can also be a concern.
- Veterans' Painkiller Abuse Can Raise Odds for Heroin Use (08/23/2016, HealthDay)
- For Homeless Veterans (Department of Veterans Affairs)
- Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services (Department of Veterans Affairs)
- Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Military Personnel (National Center for PTSD) - PDF
- Rights and Responsibilities of VA Patients and Residents of Community Living Centers (Department of Veterans Affairs)
- Agent Orange (Department of Veterans Affairs)
- Diseases and Conditions (Department of Veterans Affairs)
- Infectious Diseases - Diseases Related to Service in Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan (Department of Veterans Affairs)
- Medically Unexplained Symptoms (Department of Veterans Affairs) - PDF
- MedlinePlus: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish
- MedlinePlus: Traumatic Brain Injury (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish
- Military Exposures (Department of Veterans Affairs)
- Military Sexual Trauma (Department of Veterans Affairs) - PDF
- Suicide (Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury) - PDF
- Viral Hepatitis (Department of Veterans Affairs)
Videos and Tutorials
- Anger (Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury)
Statistics and Research
- Substance Abuse in the Military (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Also in Spanish
- Suicide in the Military: Army-NIH Funded Study Points to Risk and Protective Factors (National Institute of Mental Health)
- Vietnam Vets with PTSD More Than Twice As Likely to Have Heart Disease (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Sickle Cell Trait, Rhabdomyolysis, and Mortality among U.S. Army Soldiers.
- Article: TBI's Long-Term Follow-up--Slow Progress in Science and Recovery.
- Article: A preliminary study examining chaplains' support for veterans at the...
- Veterans and Military Health -- see more articles
- Agent orange -- see more articles
- Gulf war syndrome -- see more articles
- Women Veterans and Mental Health (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health)
- Women Veterans Health Care: Frequently Asked Questions (Veterans Health Administration)