Disability compensation among Vietnam-era veterans associated with declines in hospitalizations

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A large study comparing Vietnam War-era military veterans who became eligible for disability compensation with ineligible veterans found that eligibility for compensation was associated with substantial reductions in hospitalizations — an important metric of overall health.

The longer the eligible veterans received disability payments, the greater the decline in hospitalizations was among that group, the researchers found. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, included 70,471 Vietnam War-era veterans.

“The takeaway is that there may be very important health benefits to receiving disability compensation,” said author Dr. Amal Trivedi, a professor of health services, policy and practice and of medicine at Brown University. KEEP READING