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DOD Study to Gauge Resilience of Military-Connected Youth defense.gov 01 December 2022

The Defense Department launched a survey to assess the health and well-being of military-connected youth and their families. SOAR is embedded within the larger DOD Millennium Cohort Study of active-duty, reserve and National Guard service members and veterans, which began in 2001. The approximately 40,000 service members and veterans enrolled in MCS who have adolescent children will receive a packet in the mail inviting them, their child and the other parent, if applicable, to fill out individual online surveys.

Robust Research USA Today Special Edition Veterans Affairs 07 November 2022

In August 2021, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced a policy change affecting millions of veterans.

Anger Issues as Veterans Leave Military May Point to Future Mental Health Problems, Study Finds Psychiatric News 22 July 2022

American service members whose anger causes them significant distress and decreased function (problematic anger) during their transition to civilian life may have a higher risk of mental health conditions such as depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a study in JAMA Network Open has found. The results also suggest that service members who have problematic anger during the transition are more likely to have difficulty in their relationships and experience financial instability.

MILCO:20 Largest Health Study of US Military Personnel Commemorates 20 Years of Research SCOPE Magazine of Naval Medical Research and Development Jan-Mar 2022

The Millennium Cohort Study is the largest and longest-running health study in US military history. Findings from the Study document not only the potential long-term health impacts of military service, but also the resilience of service members.

How are military teens coping? Landmark study will follow them over time to find out Military Times 08 March 2022

The largest and longest-running health research in military history will soon embark on a study of military-connected adolescents. The Study of Adolescent Resilience, or SOAR, aims to capture the experiences of military-connected adolescents and their parents, to help inform the services provided by military family readiness programs.

Naval Health Research Center Study Indicates U.S. Troops Who Saw Combat More Likely to Experience Mental Health Issues USNI News 04 March 2022

For the past 20 years – and longer before that – service members have returned from deployment talking about mental health concerns and illness they believed were linked to their time in the military, with many of their concerns backed by a variety of studies. Now, a study that has been following military personnel, both active-duty and veterans, for 20 years supports the theory that experiencing combat can lead to adverse physical and health effects.

Tinnitus most common ailment among veterans KPBS 18 February 2022

New research shows nearly a quarter of vets suffer from the ringing in the ears.

Tinnitus, depression most common ailments in generational study of troops’ health Military Times 5 November 2021

A study of more than 250,000 service members begun in 2001 released some preliminary findings on Friday, to celebrate the effort’s 20th anniversary.

Millennium Cohort Study and respiratory health VA research in action 7 October 2021

On Aug. 2, 2021, VA announced it would begin processing disability claims for asthma, rhinitis, and sinusitis based on presumed particulate matter exposures during military service in Southwest Asia and certain other areas if these conditions manifested within 10 years of a qualifying period of military service. Much of the data for this significant decision came from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), a partnership between the VA Office of Research and Development’s Cooperative Studies Program and the Department of Defense.

MJFF Funding 4 Studies Into Environmental Toxins and Parkinson’s Parkinson's News Today 4 June 2021

Funding from the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) will support four projects investigating possible connections between toxic environmental factors and Parkinson’s disease, including those encountered in military service and daily life exposure to pesticides and air pollution.

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