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Measuring Veteran well-being

Well-being is measured across seven domains using 21 high level indicators.

Financial security among Veterans in Canada

Financial security is one of the seven domains of Veteran well-being. “Rate of low income” and “satisfaction with finances” are the two indicators of financial security.

Chronic Pain in Veterans

Even though many Regular Force Veterans released since 1998 are doing well in life, many report chronic pain. In fact, chronic pain is much more prevalent in these Veterans than in the general population, and has significant well-being impacts.

Health Care Use Among VAC Clients

Veterans Affairs Canada examined trends in the use of its health care benefits among clients over the period 2011-2012 to 2015-16.

Veterans' Identities

People form social identities based on memberships in social groups and the value they attach to these.

Veteran Employment

Employment is important to well-being and adjustment from military to civilian life.

Veterans' Hearing Problems

Hearing loss is a known hazard of military service and one of the most common reasons for receiving Veterans Affairs Canada disability benefits.

Veteran Income/Finances

Income can be an important determinant of health and satisfaction with life for Canadian Veterans.

Veteran Physical and Mental Health

According to the Life After Service Studies, Canadian Regular Force Veterans (released from 1998-2012) reported high levels of life satisfaction.

2017 Veterans Suicide Mortality Study

Suicide prevention is a public health priority for the Government of Canada. The first Veteran Suicide Mortality Study (VSMS) reports suicide mortality in the Veteran population compared to the general Canadian population. The study linked administrative data from the Department of National Defence to Canadian mortality data at Statistics Canada for the period 1976 to 2012 (37 years).

Veteran Well-Being

“Well-being” is a broadly accepted goal of public policy, but there are many different ways of defining the concept.

Life After Service Survey 2016

The Life After Service Studies (LASS) program of research is designed to further understand the transition from military to civilian life and ultimately improve the health of Veterans in Canada.

Pre- and Post-Release Income 2016

Through a Statistics Canada data linkage, before-tax incomes for 42,645 Regular Force Veterans (released 1998 to 2014) were examined for their pre-release year, the average 3 year period after release and up to 16 years post-release. Taxable income was captured which excludes any disability benefits awarded by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) as they are tax-free.

Female and Male Veterans in Canada

Using data from the Life After Service Studies, Veterans who released from 1998 forward (approximately 11% of the total Veteran population) were examined by sex and more than 40 indicators of well-being.

Life After Service study (2013)

The Life After Service study is a comprehensive research program to understand the effects of the transition from military to civilian life on the health and well-being of Canadian Armed Forces Veterans.

Service dogs - pilot study

VAC has funded a pilot study to evaluate if service dogs can be used as a safe and effective support for Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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