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Understanding and Treating Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

1. All of the following statements are true, except:

A. Homeless veterans are younger on average than the overall veteran population.

B. Veterans are at greater risk of becoming homeless than the general population.

C. Only about 50% of veterans take advantage of the social and medical services provided by the VA due to confusion about eligibility, difficulty of access, and the perception that the VA is a charity organization.

D. Many homeless veterans are either not aware of the scope of their VA health benefits, unwilling or unable to confront the administrative and bureaucratic details involved in accessing that care, or barred from receiving benefits due to the character of their discharge.


2. Only veterans who left military service under honorable or general conditions are eligible to receive health care from the VA.

A. True

B. False


3. Many of the homeless veterans that resort to drugs are doing so in an effort to self-medicate and cope with the traumas of war.

A. True

B. False


4. All of the following are true, except for:

A. Careful questioning by the clinician, and asking permission to inquire about military service, allows the patient to feel safe and in control of the conversation.

B. PTSD was not formally recognized as a psychological disorder until the publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders III in 1980.

C. In order for a veteran to receive treatment for Agent Orange exposure related diseases, the veteran is required to prove their exposure.

D. A dishonorable discharge can only be given by a general court martial for what the military considers to be the most reprehensible conduct, and in some states is equivalent of a felony conviction.


5. Which of the following are symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury?

A. Difficulty sleeping / insomnia

B. Amnesia / memory loss

C. Irritability and/or mood and anxiety disorders

D. All of the above


6. Female veterans are three-to-four times more likely to be homeless than non-veteran women, and much more likely to access VA health services than their male counterparts.

A. True

B. False


7. Female veterans are far more likely than male vets to be raising a child alone, making securing housing and employment even more complicated.

A. True

B. False


8. There are a number of reasons that female veterans have a hard time readjusting to life as civilians, but which of the following should be of special concern to health care providers?

A. Military Sexual Trauma

B. Seriously injured

C. Served in combat

D. Knew someone killed or injured


9. Health care providers may have a difficult time identifying female veterans due to:

A. A general reluctance of female veterans to self-identify.

B. Some may think that “veteran” is a term that refers only to men.

C. Some may think that their military service doesn’t count because they were not deployed.

D. All of the above.


10. All of the following characteristics have been found to be associated with homelessness, except for:

A. Sexual assault during military service.

B. Being married.

C. Being disabled.

D. Screening positive for an anxiety disorder or PTSD.


11. The common contextual factors that lead to homelessness include the “survivor instinct” among women veterans, a lack of social support and resources, sense of isolation, sense of independence, and barriers to care.

A. True

B. False


12. According to listening sessions conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, a common theme among women veterans was the stress of being a woman in a male-oriented military culture.

A. True

B. False


13. Women veterans are at an increased risk for VHA homeless program use for all of the following sub-groups, when compared to men, except for:

A. Ages 36 - 45 years

B. 100% service-connected disability rating

C. PTSD

D. Northeast location


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