Caribbean Homeless Women Veterans: Military and psychosocial characteristics and the association of VA service-connected disabilities

Naiomi Rivera-Rivera, Angel A. Villarreal

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This research assesses sociodemographic, psychosocial and military characteristics and their role in service connected disabilities to provide a profile of Caribbean Homeless Women Veteran of the U.S. military. We evaluated 46 healthcare records of women Veterans who requested services at the Homeless Program of the VA Caribbean Healthcare System from 2005 to 2014. Statistical analyses consisted of Chi square, Fisher’s exact test, Wilcoxon-Rank Sum tests, and Logistic Regression. Extreme poverty, unemployment, unaffordable housing, psychological disorders and low social support were the most prevalent characteristics. Women with psychological disorders had eight times higher the odds of having a service connected disability than women without psychological conditions. Implications of study results are discussed for VACHS and future research with this population. 


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