This is your new normal: A qualitative study of barriers and facilitators to physical activity in Veterans with lower extremity loss

Alyson J. Littman, Ph.D., M.P.H., Erin D. Bouldin, Ph.D., M.P.H., Jodie K. Haselkorn, M.D., M.P.H. Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 10, Issue 4, p600–606 DOI:     Background Regular physical activity (PA) is essential for aging well with a disability, preventing the onset or worsening of chronic conditions, functional loss, and maintaining or improving quality of life, yet PA levels… Read More »»

Homelessness following disability-related discharges from active duty military service in Afghanistan and Iraq

Jamison D. Fargo, Ph.D., M.S.Epi., Emily Brignone, B.S., Stephen Metraux, Ph.D., Rachel Peterson, M.S., Marjorie E. Carter, M.S.P.H., Tyson Barrett, B.S., Miland Palmer, M.P.H., Andrew Redd, Ph.D., Matthew H. Samore, M.D., Adi V. Gundlapalli, M.D., Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 10, Issue 4, p592–599 DOI:   Background Many dynamics in the relationship among military service-related disabilities, health care benefits, mental health disorders, and post-deployment homelessness… Read More »»

Starting a new conversation: Engaging Veterans with spinal cord injury in discussions of what function means to them, the barriers/facilitators they encounter, and the adaptations they use to optimize function

Jennifer N. Hill, M.A., Salva Balbale, M.S., Keshonna Lones, M.H.A., Sherri L. LaVela, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.B.A. Disability and Health Journal, January 2017, Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 114–122 DOI:   Background Assessments of function in persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) often utilize pre-defined constructs and measures without consideration of patient context, including how patients define function and what matters… Read More »»

Trends in disability and program participation among U.S. veterans

Yonatan Ben-Shalom, Jennifer R. Tennant, David C. Stapleton DOI: Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 9, Issue 3, p449–456 Published online: January 6, 2016 Background Disability is increasingly part of the lives of veterans and more research is needed to understand its impact on veterans’ participation in disability benefit programs. Objective We examine how recent trends in receipt of service-connected… Read More »»

Understanding military families who have dependents with special health care and/or educational needs

Keith R. Aronson, Ph.D., Sandee J. Kyler, M.S., Jeremy D. Moeller, M.A., Daniel F. Perkins, Ph.D. Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness, Pennsylvania State University, USA Disability and Health Journal, Volume 9, Issue 3 Published online: March 28, 2016 DOI: Background Little is known about military families who have a dependent with special health care and/or educational… Read More »»

The use of VA Disability Compensation and Social Security Disability Insurance among working-aged veterans

Janet M. Wilmoth, Ph.D., Andrew S. London, Ph.D., Colleen M. Heflin, Ph.D. Disability and Health Journal Published July 2015 Volume 8, Issue 3, Pages 388–396 DOI: Background Although there is substantial disability among veterans, relatively little is known about working-aged veterans’ uptake of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Disability Compensation and Social Security Disability Insurance (DI). Objectives This study… Read More »»

Weight loss intention, dietary behaviors, and barriers to dietary change in veterans with lower extremity amputations

A.J. Littman, Ph.D., L.V. McFarland, Ph.D., M.L. Thompson, Ph.D., E.D. Bouldin, M.P.H.,D.E. Arterburn, M.D., B.R. Majerczyk, M.P.H., E.J. Boyko, M.D. Disability and Health Journal, Volume 8, Issue 3, Pages 325–335 Published Online: November 29, 2014 DOI:| Background Obesity is thought to be highly prevalent in persons with lower extremity amputations (LEAs) and can impair physical and social functioning. Objective… Read More »»

Effectiveness of a multimedia outreach kit for families of wounded veterans

David Ian Walker, Ph.D., Jean-François Cardin, M.S., Neelu Chawla, M.S., David Topp, Ph.D., Thomaseo Burton, Ph.D., Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Ph.D Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 7, Issue 2, p216–225 Published online: November 11, 2013 DOI: Background Young children in military families with a member who has a life changing injury can experience emotional difficulties… Read More »»

Temporal trends in disability evaluation and retirement in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps: 2005–2011

Marlene E. Gubata, M.D., M.P.H., Elizabeth R. Packnett, M.P.H., David N. Cowan, Ph.D., M.P.H. Disability and Health Journal, Vol. 7, Issue 1, p70–77 Published online: September 23, 2013 DOI: Background Surveillance of trends in disability is necessary to determine the burden of disability on the U.S. military, the most common types of disability conditions,… Read More »»

Temporal changes in the nature of disability: U.S. Army soldiers discharged with disability, 1981−2005

Nicole S. Bell, Sc.D., Carolyn E. Schwartz, Sc.D., Thomas C. Harford, Ph.D., Ilyssa E. Hollander, M.P.H., Paul J. Amoroso, M.D.† †This project has been supported by a grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command (grant W81XWH-06-2-0028). We can think of no conflicts of interest that might bias our work or that might… Read More »»