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CalVet 2013 Women Veterans Study


Investigator Access

What's Available

Check with the study contact and publications for information on a public dataset, data archive, data enclave, or website where data might be available.

Available Documentation 

Dates Data are Available 

Access Criteria 

Study Characteristics


  • 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



Female Veterans in California

Study Design 

Biennial cross-sectional survey

Time Period 

September 2009 - December 2013




974 participants

Response Rate


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.



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 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. The 2013 survey contained 60 questions.

Funding Source



Selected Publication

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

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