TVMI Study

Examining well-being as veterans transition from military to civilian life. 

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About the TVMI Study

The Veterans Metrics Initiative: Linking Program Components to Post-Military Well-Being (TVMI Study), launched in April 2015 by The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF), followed veterans over the first three years of their transition from military to civilian life. The TVMI Study examined how programs that veterans access during their transitions correlate with long-term well-being across multiple domains. This goal was to help identify at-risk veterans and allow the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, philanthropy, and civilian communities to more effectively target transition assistance efforts. The study was successfully completed in July 2020.

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Research Aims

The longitudinal study had three aims:

  1. Document veteran well-being in four key domains – mental and physical health, vocation, finances, and social relationships – to identify factors associated with better and worse well-being over a three-year transition from military service to civilian life
  2. Describe transition assistance programs used by veterans as they reintegrate into civilian life, distill them into components, and identify common elements across programs.
  3. Identify program components that are associated with changes in well-being following separation from military service.

Wellbeing Inventory

The Wellbeing Inventory (WBI) is a multidimensional assessment tool designed to measure military Veterans' status, functioning and satisfaction within the four life domains of finances, vocation, social relationships and health. Check out the inventory and its accompanying manual below.

Wellbeing Inventory

Inventory Manual

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Research Outputs

In addition to the generation of scientific publications, posters, and presentations the TVMI Study has produced:

  • A validated well-being measures instrument
  • Menus of common program components shown by the evidence to drive successful veteran outcomes across multiple well-being domains
  • A de-identified dataset that can be used by others to better understand veteran wellbeing and program use along the transition continuum.
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Research Team

HJF led the TVMI Study, with direction from a team of multi-disciplinary researchers from the Department of Defense, Veterans Health Administration, and civilian sector. 

The TVMI Study researchers were John Boyle, Ph.D., ICF International; Laurel Copeland, Ph.D., VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System; Erin Finley, Ph.D., MPH, South Texas VA Health Care System; Daniel Perkins, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University; and Dawne Vogt, Ph.D., Boston VA Health Care System. The TVMI Study program director is Cynthia L. Gilman, JD, Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc.

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Latest Update

The Veterans Metrics Initiative: Linking Program Components to Post-Military Well-Being (TVMI Study), launched in April 2015 by HJF, followed veterans over the first three years of their transition from military to civilian life.

The TVMI Study examined how programs that veterans access during their transitions correlated with long-term well-being across multiple domains. This goal was to help identify at-risk veterans and allow the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, philanthropy, and civilian communities to more effectively target transition assistance efforts. The study was successfully completed in July 2020.

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Sponsors

The TVMI Study was publicly and privately funded by Prudential; Wounded Warrior Project; Veterans Health Administration Office of Research and Development; Walmart Foundation; May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust; Robert R. McCormick Foundation; Schultz Family Foundation; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Health Net Federal Services; Bob Woodruff Foundation; Northrop Grumman; Marge and Phil Odeen; The Heinz Endowments; National Endowment for the Humanities; and HJF.


 

TVMI Fact Sheet - 2020

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