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date: 14 May 2021

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This chapter reviews literature on veterans' health, masculinity and military culture, and homelessness using data from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the US Census to better understand the social class experiences and socioeconomic status of US veterans in comparison to the general population. Health care utilization and experiences of homelessness are discussed as examples of the impact of social class on veterans' health and well-being. Military culture and military core values are also described as significant aspects of a shared cultural experience that help define veterans' self-concept, sense of group belonging, and patterns of help-seeking. Case vignettes illustrate the impact of social class on veterans and how clinicians can use social class information in case conceptualization and treatment. The chapter provides recommendations regarding the assessment and treatment of veterans and highlights the need for clinicians to understand the shared cultural experiences of veterans.

Keywords: veterans, health care utilization, homelessness, social class, military culture

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