United Health Foundation released the America’s Health Rankings Health of Women Who Have Served Report. This report, created in partnership with the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), establishes a baseline representation of the health of women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces compared to women without military service. The report builds upon the 2016 America’s Health Rankings Health of Those Who Have Served Report, and provides a national assessment of the health of women who have served using publicly available data.
Among the key findings:
- Women who have served are more likely to self-report being in very good or excellent health than civilian women.
- Despite reporting better overall health, women who have served are more likely to face mental health challenges, including higher rates of depression and suicidal thoughts.
- Women who have served also have higher rates of several chronic diseases than their civilian counterparts, including arthritis, cancer, and heart disease.
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