This briefing was prepared by the VA Office of Research & Development. The briefing, "Prosthetics Research Update: Focus on Women’s Health Issues," addressed women veteran demographics, program costs and services offered.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hosts a few prosthetics centers of excellence. In 2015, the VA launched a purposeful initiative to bring creative minds together to explore innovations in prosthetic and assistive technologies for veterans. Women veterans participated to aid innovators in their exploration for gender-appropriate prostheses.
This is the first ever study to characterize the population of 1,288 Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) servicemembers with major traumatic amputations. They were followed for their experience transitioning to and using VA health care and benefits through September 30, 2011. Servicemembers who were discharged had more diagnosed medical conditions than their counterparts who remained in active duty.