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Overseas Deployment, Combat Exposure, and Well-Being in the 2010 National Survey of Veterans

Ryan D. Edwards

Journal of Human Capital, 2015, vol. 9, issue 1, 64 - 93

Abstract: Recent engagements in Iraq (OIF) and Afghanistan (OEF) raise questions about impacts on service members of overseas deployment. The 2010 National Survey of Veterans asked a broad cross section of veterans about deployment to OEF/OIF and combat exposure. Analysis of these data suggests that impacts of deployment and combat on the current socioeconomic well-being of OEF/OIF veterans may be small, but combat appears to reduce self-reported health and other nonpecuniary indicators. Among older cohorts, with clearer sorting into treatment and control groups, patterns are similar, consistent with a system that compensates for lost earnings but not necessarily other trauma.

Date: 2015
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