Keeping Veterans Safe From Themselves


Veterans are significantly less likely to engage in incidents of violence if several protective factors are in place in their lives, according to a University of North Carolina survey published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

Incidents of violence are 92 percent less likely among veterans who are employed, have the ability to meet basic needs, have living stability, social support, spiritual faith, perceived self-determination and the ability to adapt to stress, according to the survey.

Responses were collected between July 2009 and April 2010 from 1,388 veterans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Eleven percent of those surveyed reported engaging in severe acts of violence in the last 12 months and roughly one-third reported committing an act of aggression during the same time period.

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