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LGBTQ+ Veterans Face More Health Problems Than Peers, Study Finds

June 6, 2024

Leo Shane III

Military Times

A new study released Tuesday indicated that gay and bisexual veterans face more health issues than their heterosexual peers. (Airman 1st Class Monica Roybal/Air Force)

By Leo Shane III, Military Times / June 5, 2024

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender veterans are more likely to struggle to access health care, suffer from depression and face a host of other serious medical issues than their heterosexual peers, according to a new study released Tuesday.

Researchers from the Rand Epstein Family Veterans Policy Research Institute said the findings point to the need for improved outreach to minority groups into the veterans community to ensure veterans are getting the information they need.

“Our findings underscore the importance and urgency of efforts to improve health services and outcomes for LGBTQ+ veterans, including actions to ensure that all those veterans are able to use the benefits for which they are eligible and can access appropriate care when needed,” the study authors wrote.

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