Anticipating the TBI-related Health Care Needs of Women Veterans following the Department of Defense Change in Combat Assignment Policy
Iverson, Katherine M.
Pogoda, Terri K.
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Female service members' presence in combat zones during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) is unprecedented both in terms of the number of women deployed and the nature of their involvement during deployment (Street, Vogt, & Dutra, 2009). Currently, women represent a larger proportion of U.S. military forces than ever before, comprising 10% to 20% of forces deployed in support of OEF/OIF, equaling nearly 300,000 deployed female troops from 2003 to 2013 (Burrelli, 2013; National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, 2010). In future U.S. military operations, female involvement in combat zones is likely to increase following the January 2013 Department of Defense (DOD) decision lifting the official ban on women in combat and combat units (Bumiller & Shanker, 2013).
This paper is based on work supported by the Office of Research and Development, Health Services R&D Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, through SDR 08-405. The opinions expressed in this article are the authors’ and do not reflect those of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Health Administration, Health Services R&D, the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center or the Department of Defense.
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