Health Care Management Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

5-2011

Publication Source

American Economic Review

Volume

101

Issue

3

Start Page

339

Last Page

344

DOI

10.1257/aer.101.3.339

Abstract

Using Current Population Survey and US Army administrative data, we document that between 2000 and 2010, the employment rate of Vietnam era veterans fell markedly relative to non-veterans of the same cohorts while simultaneously their enrollment increased steeply in the Veterans Disability Compensation (DC) program, which provides healthcare and transfer payments to veterans with service-connected disabilities. Thirty percent of Vietnam era Army veterans enrolled in DC in 2006 received benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, with median annual payments of $25,500. The declining employment and rising transfer payments to Vietnam era veterans underscore the long-term private and public costs of wartime service, potentially stemming from both adverse health consequences and policies that have expanded benefits eligibility.

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.