CalVet 2013 Women Veterans Study - VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)
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CalVet 2013 Women Veterans Study

 

Data Sharing Statement

What's available?

Pending

Available Documentation 

Pending

Dates Data are Available 

Pending

Access Criteria 

Pending 

Study Characteristics

Objectives

  • To document and track the experiences of California women who have served in the US Armed Forces in order to inform policy decisions
  • To encourage women Veterans to connect to services available through CalVet and other state and federal departments and local organizations

Era of Service

Vietnam Era
Gulf War Era
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Operation New Dawn (OND)

Population

Female Veterans in California

Study Design 

Biennial cross-sectional survey

Time Period 

September 2009 - December 2013

Setting 

California

N

974

Response Rate

N/A

Recruitment Method    

Convenience-based sample of opt-in volunteers. The approach is similar to a snowball sample where a number of initial respondents recruit future participants from among their acquaintances and friends. Outreach to potential participants was done through:

  • CalVet’s roster of women Veterans and at the 2013 California Women Veterans Leadership Conference
  • Notices posted on CalVet, Commission, and California State Library (CSL) websites, Facebook/Twitter accounts, and email lists
  • Information included in several state agency newsletters
  • Packets of surveys and outreach materials sent to County Veteran Service Offices (CVSOs), providers in HUDs Continuum of Care Program, and VA healthcare facilities
  • Contact with state legislators who passed on survey materials to their emails lists and posted information on their websites
  • Outreach to newspapers in California including a letter to the editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper as part of their Veteran’s Day coverage
  • Interviews on LA Talk Radio and Capitol Public Radio
  • Postings on the websites of a variety of Veteran organizations and blogs including Swords to Plowshares

To the extent possible, collaborators then expanded recruitment efforts to groups who appeared to be underrepresented.

Compensation

None

Data Collected

  • Demographics
  • Military experience
  • Veteran benefits and services
  • Service-connected disabilities
  • Housing
  • PTSD
  • Sexual harassment and sexual assault
  • Healthcare, childcare, and employment
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity

Data Collection Methods

The 2013 survey contained 60 questions. The online version was administered through SurveyMonkey and the paper version was made available through a number of outlets and included a postage-paid return envelope.

Funding Source

Pending

Contact 

vetsurvey@library.ca.gov

Selected Publications

California's Women Veterans: Responses to the 2013 Survey. ISBN 1-58703-269-4 (Full Report)

More Information

CalVet 2013 Women Veterans Survey website