The Center for Public Policy & Social Research (CPPSR) have released Connecticut Veterans Needs Assessment: The OEF/OIF Project Final Report.
Posted 03/25/2009 04:41PM
The Center for Public Policy & Social
Research (CPPSR) at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) and the
Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) recently released the results
of a needs assessment of Connecticut veterans returning from Iraq and
Afghanistan (Click here for a full report, or see link to the full report at CPPSR’s website http://www.ccsu.edu/cppsr). This study, authorized by DVA Commissioner Linda Spoonster Schwartz,
explored the salient medical, psychosocial and economic needs of these
veterans, as well as the existing barriers veterans face in meeting those
The study integrated
data from meetings with veterans’ service providers, focus groups with
veterans, and a survey mailed to 2,050 veterans. Some of the key findings
screened positive for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
of veterans reported difficulty in relating to their civilian friends.
·Over 10% of
the veterans reported difficulty in connecting emotionally with family members.
most need of support are the least likely to seek it out.This reflected either distrust of the VA
establishment or concerns about being stigmatized or de-normalized by seeking
mental health treatment. These veterans are at particular risk of slipping into
a downward spiral of marital and family problems, employment problems,
substance abuse and problems with the law.
Among the primary recommendations
·Initiate a public
awareness campaign to inform and educate, targeting the veterans and their
families, the general public and non-military caregivers.
early identification and outreach system.
integrated resiliency-based continuum of mental health care that emphasizes
natural community supports.
It is probable that many of the
critical and chronic, long-term problems facing returning veterans in
Connecticut are prevalent in every state.
researchers and staff are ready to work with your state by using our diagnostic
tools and expertise to help you determine the needs of your returning veterans,
profile returning veterans most at-risk, and develop short and long-term public
policy recommendations to allow for optimal readjustment to civilian life.
CPPSR provides expert assistance to state governments,
municipalities, community and nonprofit organizations through its full-time
staff, expert faculty, motivated students and the university’s many
programmatic resources. CPPSR has extensive experience conducting needs
assessment and opinion analysis surveys, program planning and evaluation, GIS
mapping, the training, education and professional development for government
officials, and more. Please visit our website at:http://www.ccsu.edu/cppsr or contact CPPSR Associate
Director Eileen Hurst at firstname.lastname@example.org.