TVMI Study Update

The TVMI study is nearing completion, observing 9,566 veterans as they transition from military service to civilian life.

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), follows veterans over the first three years of their transition from military to civilian life. The TVMI Study examines how programs that veterans access during their transitions correlate with long-term well-being across multiple domains. This goal is 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, now in its final year, is analyzing results of baseline and three follow-on surveys to create preliminary infographics and program component menus.  
 

Demographics

In the fall of 2016, a cohort of 9,566 veterans was successfully recruited from a representative sample of 48,965 transitioning veterans who were identified in the VA/DoD Identity Repository when they were within 90 days of separating from military service. The TVMI Study cohort is highly representative of the entire recently transitioned population of all veterans (with over 1,500 veterans from each of the active components from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, and more than 1,200 reserve component members who recently transitioned from activated status). Included in the study cohort that completed the baseline survey (Wave 1) are 1,743 female and 2,703 junior enlisted (i.e., paygrade E1-4) veterans. All survey waves have been successfully administered. Military and demographic characteristics are summarized in the table below.

The table will be updated with Wave 6 data shortly.

Characteristics Sample population (N=48,965) Wave 1 (n=9,566) Wave 2 (n=7,200)  Wave 3 (n=7,201)  Wave 4 (n=6,480) Wave 5 (n=5,844)
Male 84.1% 81.8% 81.7% 81.9% 81.9% 81.7%
Female 15.9% 18.2% 18.3% 18.1% 18.1% 18.3%
Army  32.1% 32.9% 32.2% 32.4% 33.0% 31.8%
Navy  18.8% 19.2% 19.7% 19.4% 19.4% 19.5%
Air Force 13.5% 19.0% 19.5% 19.4% 19.4% 19.7%
National Guard/Reserve 18.4% 12.9% 12.2% 12.4% 12.0% 12.5%
Paygrade E1-4 41.4% 27.5% 28.6% 28.2% 28.7% 28.9%
Paygrade E5-6 29.5% 30.0% 29.9% 30.2% 30.2% 30.4%
Paygrade E7-9 13.4% 17.9% 17.2% 17.0% 16.9% 16.4%
Paygrade W1-5 1.1% 1.6% 1.4% 1.5% 1.4% 1.5%
Paygrade O1-3 6.4% 8.4% 8.8% 8.6% 8.5% 8.9%
Paygrade O4-10 8.1% 14.7% 14.1% 14.5% 14.3% 13.8%
White/non-Hispanic  60.4% 64.4% 64.3% 66.5% 65.4% 65.2%
Minority/mixed/Hispanic 39.2% 35.6% 35.7% 33.5% 34.6% 34.8%
Age 18-24 at Wave 1 28.6% 19.4% 19.6% 19.7% 27.5% 27.9%
Age 25-29 at Wave 1  25.1% 22.3% 22.7% 23.1% 25.9% 26.3%
Age 30-34 at Wave 1  13.8% 15.0% 15.6% 15.5% 15.2% 15.3%
Age 35-39 at Wave 1  10.8% 13.1% 12.9% 12.9% 11.5% 11.4%
Age 40-44 at Wave 1  10.5% 13.4% 12.9% 12.8% 9.1% 8.9%
Age 45-49 at Wave 1  7.0% 10.1% 10.0% 9.7% 6.7% 6.3%
Age 50+ at Wave 1  4.2% 6.8% 6.4% 6.3% 4.1% 4.0%

Note: Data presented in the table above are unweighted and reported based on the surveyed sampled.

 

Resources and preliminary results 

 

TVMI Fact Sheet

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Infographics

Issue 10 - Snapshot of Special Forces Veterans

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Issue 9 - Year One Well-Being Snapshot

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Issue 8 - Wave 1 Status Snapshot by Race and Ethnicity

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Issue 7 - Wave 1 Health Problems and Program Use

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Issue 6 - Snapshot of Program Non-Use in Wave 1

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Issue 5 - Wave 1 Education Snapshot

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Issue 4 - Transition GPS Program Use Snapshot

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Issue 3 - Wave 1 Employment Snapshot

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Issue 2 - Cohort Demographics and Preliminary Findings: February 2017 Update

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Issue 1 - Preliminary Findings: October 2016 Update

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Program Common Component Menus

Menu 3A/B - Employment Domain

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Menu 2A - Employment Domain

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Menu 2B - Legal, Financial, and Housing Domain

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Components List 1A - Employment Domain

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Components List 1B - Education Domain

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Components List 1C - Legal, Financial, and Housing Domain

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Components List 1D - Mental and Physical Health Domain

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Components List 1E - Social Relationships Domain

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