Evaluation of a group intervention for veterans who experienced military related trauma
Military-related trauma and veteran status have been linked with posttraumatic stress symptoms, depressive symptoms, and other personal and interpersonal difficulties. While many treatment evaluations for people with posttraumatic stress exist, few veteran populations or group formats have been evaluated. This report presents an evaluation of the Veterans Transition Program (VTP)–a group-based treatment for veterans who experienced a military-related trauma that is negatively impacting their lives. Fifty-six veterans attended the VTP; all attended every session and completed pre- and post-tests assessing posttraumatic stress and depressive symptoms. Significant pre- to post-test improvement was found on all scales. These findings demonstrate the potential benefit of the VTP and encourage further research.