Elder LGBT Veterans and Service Members



This chapter explores the experiences and status of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older veterans and service members. Examined are the history and background of LGBT veterans, the efforts of the Department of Veterans Affairs to address the recognition and needs of these service members and veterans, and the creation of the VA Office of Diversity and Inclusion (US Department of Veterans Affairs, 2014 VA Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan for FY 2012–2016) and key policies and procedures that have addressed the discriminatory practices that have been a part of the military and post military experiences of LGBT individuals. A meta-analysis of elder LGBT veterans and military personnel is offered as are mental health and psychosocial adjustment issues for LGBT elder veterans. Discussed is the Transitional Accommodation Syndrome providing insight into understanding the process faced by LGBT veterans. Finally, clinical considerations with elderly LGBT veterans are offered as are a set of resources and references that may be beneficial for further inquiry into understanding of the issues faced by LGBT veterans across the life span.


LGBT veterans Military personnel Equality Public policy 



The author wishes to acknowledge the guidance and assistance of James C. Holsinger MD PhD, University of Kentucky and former Chief Medical Director Department of Veterans Affairs; Monica Roy PhD VA medical Center and NE VA HealthCare, Boston MA; Katie Miller, Research Assistant for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress; Andrew Cray, Policy Analyst for the LGBT Research and Communications Project. Special appreciation is extended to Jillian C. Shipherd, PhD National Center for PTSD, Women’s Health Sciences Division, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, Massachusetts, and Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, and Michael R. Kauth, PhD with the VHA South Central (VISN 16) Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC), and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX; and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, for their guidance and resources in the completion of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ConnecticutMansfieldUSA

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