The number of older war veterans receiving disability benefits is steadily growing and is predicted to rise in the next decade. This book provides comprehensive knowledge about health and psychosocial concerns of veterans aging with disabilities and unmet needs and compares policy in three countries that have been involved in massive warfare in the 20th century––the United Kingdom (UK), the United States (US), and Israel.
Using a cross-national comparative study of the policies, legislation and services provided by these three countries, which have significant numbers of aging disabled military veterans, this book provides evidence-based knowledge on the trajectories and attendant mental-health and psychosocial problems this sub-group faces when aging with a disability. It sheds light on the paradox in which most veterans with disabilities in the UK, USA and Israel are older, while the current legislation and budget target younger veterans with disabilities. The book reflects the current debate regarding the desired policy toward older veterans with disabilities in these countries and whether to provide them with proactive health services prior to retirement to prevent "accelerated aging". It also evaluates the dilemma of whether to serve aging veterans separately as a unique population or to provide them with the same services used by the general population.
This book will be of interest to all academics and students working in disability studies, rehabilitation studies, gerontology, psychology, sociology, social work, social policy, and law more broadly.
Table of Contents
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Chapter 1: Welfare and Warfare and Policies toward Veterans with Disabilities in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Israel.
Chapter 2: Aging with Disability
Chapter 3: Health and Psychosocial Concerns of Aging Veterans with Disabilities
Chapter 4: Government Policies towards Aging Veterans with Disabilities
Chapter 5: Proposed Policy to Address Unmet Needs of Older Veterans with Disabilities in Israel
Chapter 6: Closing Remarks: Insights regarding Cross-National Policies towards Aging Veterans with Disabilities
Arie Rimmerman is Richard Crossman Professor of Social Welfare and Social Planning and founder Dean of Social Welfare and Health Sciences and head of School of Social Work at the University of Haifa, Israel. His research focuses on comparative disability policies, particularly in areas of employment, civic society, family support, and aging with disability.