Faith-Based Groups as a Bridge to the Community for Military Veterans: Preliminary Findings and Lessons Learned in Online Surveying
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This report examines responses to a brief online survey, comparing how faith-based (n = 27) and non-faith-based (n = 61) organizations engage with Veteran populations as well as the supportive services they provide. Data were analyzed using two-sample z-tests and Chi-squared tests. No significant differences were noted between respondents for self-reported confidence in responding to health care issues/concerns or engagement with Veteran populations. Faith-based respondents were found to provide significantly less mental health, suicide prevention, education/outreach, and other services, while providing significantly more spiritual care. There appears to be ample opportunity for expanding the supportive services provided by faith-based organizations.
KeywordsFaith-based communities Veterans Military Community engagement
This survey effort was funded with generous pilot project support to Marek S. Kopacz under VA RRD Grant: D-1873-F, PI: C. Drebing. The views expressed are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of the US Department of Veterans Affairs or Federal Government. Institutional support for this study was provided by the VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention (Canandaigua, NY) and the VA Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (Washington, DC).
Principal responsibility for the study design and statistical analysis was assumed by MSK. Responsibility for data collection and management was assumed by ED. Subject matter expertise was provided by SD. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
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Conflict of interest
The authors do not declare any conflict of interest. This survey was conducted independent of any external funding mechanism.
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