New Report Reveals Those Who Have Served Faced Increased Mental & Physical Health Challenges Over the Last Decade

July 26, 2022 | 3 min Read

While those who have served have reported better access to care than those without military service, they’ve faced increased mental and physical health challenges over the last decade, including suicidal thoughts and hearing impairment. In addition, they also have higher levels of chronic pain than civilians.

The United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Health of Those Who Have Served Report highlights improvements, challenges and disparities in health and well-being across the nation. This year’s report highlights 30 measures from four unique data sources that are used to examine current and emerging issues affecting those who have served.

Key Findings


“We are so grateful for the many sacrifices our U.S. service members and veterans have made, which is why it is especially concerning to see many of the health challenges they continue to face. We hope the trends and insights from this report will help spur conversations about ways in which we can best care for our service members and veterans.”

Ret. Army Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho | CEO of Optum Serve, part of UnitedHealth Group

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For more than 30 years, UnitedHealth Group has used findings from America’s Health Rankings reports, along with additional data and insights from the organization’s 360,000 team members, to improve health and well-being. UnitedHealth Group partners with national and local organizations, government agencies, experts and lawmakers to further improve and better target solutions, and help all people live healthier lives.


America’s Health Rankings 2022 Health of Those Who Have Served Report

The America’s Health Rankings Health of Those Who Have Served Report reviews the past decade of data to provide a comprehensive look at the health and well-being of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.


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