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Health and Economic Outcomes in the Alumni of the Wounded Warrior Project
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA CENTER FOR MILITARY HEALTH POLICY RESEARCH
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Since 2002, the not-for-profit Wounded Warrior Project WWP has sought to offer support for and raise public awareness of those injured during service on or after September 11, 2001. To this end, WWP gives members, or alumni, access to programs that nurture mind and body as well as facilitate economic well-being. Central to WWPs success are its assessment efforts. In 2009, RAND researchers helped WWP design a web-based survey that would help the organization evaluate how well it is meeting its three primary strategic goals 1 Ensure that wounded warriors are well-adjusted in mind and spirit, 2 Ensure that wounded warriors are well-adjusted in body, and 3 Ensure that wounded warriors are economically empowered. The survey, designed by RAND researchers, was administered in 2010 and 2011 by the statistical research firm Westat. Westat administered the 2010 and 2011 surveys to 3,464 and 5,870 alumni, respectively. The firm also prepared initial interpretive reports for WWP. In October 2011, WWP asked RAND to revisit the survey results to provide more detailed analysis. Specifically, WWP was interested in the way individuals from different subgroups, as defined by marital status, gender, pay grade, and employment status, were meeting the strategic goals. WWP also wished to gain a wider view of its organizational performance by understanding how alumni outcomes compared with the outcomes of other veteran and nonveteran U.S. populations.
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