Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Rehabilitation Counseling

First Advisor

Dr. Bruce Reed

Second Advisor

Dr. Jerome Fischer

Third Advisor

Dr. Paul Sale


The purpose of the following study is to determine if there is a relationship between veteran wellness based on gender, discharge status, theatre of operations, substance use disorder, veteran self-efficacy, community reintegration post discharge, stigma and veteran physical and psychosocial factors. Military veteran wellness has been the focal point of service providers for ensuring post-discharge veterans' success. During the last decade there has been an increase in military veterans reintegrating into society with chronic ailments and undiagnosed conditions. The study examined 85 Texas veterans: (a) the relationship between veterans' substance abuse and their perception of stigma, (b) the relationship between veteran self-efficacy and veteran personal wellness, (c) the impact of psychological factors of veteran wellness on veterans' reintegration into the community post discharge from the armed services, and (d) the specific demographic factors of veterans on their reintegration into the community. Results indicated veteran wellness was highly correlated with specific veteran demographic factors, and stigma. Implications of the study and recommendations for future research are included in the study to better identify factors that can improve veteran well-being.


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