MOAA Looks at Mental Health in Female Veterans

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Military Officers Association of America
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A former US Navy ship commander who was in charge of the USS Peleliu and the USS Ford, Captain David Schnell gave 27 years of service to his country before retiring. Though he is no longer on active duty, Captain David Schnell maintains his connections to the armed services through membership in the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).

According to a recent analysis sponsored by MOAA and United Health Foundation, women who serve in the military have an increased incidence of development mental health issues compared to women who haven’t served. Though these female veterans are typically in better physical health, they often report a higher rate of depression (16 percent) and are twice as likely to experience suicidal thoughts. They also have a 50 percent higher rate of developing overall mental illness.

In his comments, MOAA president and CEO Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, USAF (Ret.), said that the study highlights the need for more resources to be devoted to ensuring that these veterans are getting the care they need.

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