A veteran is considered any person who served in the United States Armed Forces (i.e., Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard) and those retired from the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Due to their military experience, research suggests that some veterans have issues that are not as commonly found among nonveterans, including substance abuse problems. For example, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, veterans were overrepresented proportionally in regard to recent marijuana use, heavy alcohol use, and alcohol and drug abuse treatment.

To better understand veterans with substance abuse problems, it is helpful to examine their experiences while serving in the military. Veterans who abuse alcohol or other drugs may have problems stemming from multiple and often overlapping causal factors, such ...

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