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Veterans

Research Guide for print materials, data, and statistics about veterans

ICPSR

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), a major social science research data repository, contains many studies regarding veterans.

Here are some examples:

National Longitudinal Surveys

"The National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS) are a set of surveys designed to gather information at multiple points in time on the labor market activities and other significant life events of several groups of men and women. For more than 4 decades, NLS data have served as an important tool for economists, sociologists, and other researchers."

Select a cohort to access Topical Guides to the Data, tables of topics across all survey rounds (commonly referred to as "Asterisk Tables"), and documentation including questionnaires and codebooks.

Current cohorts:

  • National Longitudinal Survey of Youth | 1997 (NLSY97)

    The NLSY97 Cohort is a longitudinal project that follows the lives of a sample of American youth born between 1980-84; 8,984 respondents were ages 12-17 when first interviewed in 1997. This ongoing cohort has been surveyed 16 times to date and is now interviewed biennially. Data are now available from Round 1 (1997-98) to Round 16 (2013-14).  To find military service questions, use the NLS Investigator and Choose Variable Search --> Browse --> Employment --> Employer Specific Characteristics --> Military Information.

  • National Longitudinal Survey of Youth | 1979 (NLSY79)

    The NLSY79 Cohort is a longitudinal project that follows the lives of a sample of American youth born between 1957-64. The cohort originally included 12,686 respondents ages 14-22 when first interviewed in 1979; after two subsamples were dropped, 9,964 respondents remain in the eligible samples. Data are now available from Round 1 (1979 survey year) to Round 25 (2012 survey year). To find military service questions, use the NLS Investigator and Choose Browse Index--> Employment --> Employment History --> Military Spells.

  • National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 Children and Young Adults (NLSCYA)

    The NLSY79 Child and Young Adult cohort is a longitudinal project that follows the biological children of the women in the NLSY79. As of 2012, more than 10,000 children have been interviewed in at least one survey round. To date, a total of 11,512 children have been identified as born to interviewed NLSY79 mothers. Data are now available from 1986 to 2012, representing 14 survey rounds for the child sample and 10 for young adults in that time span. To find military service questions, use the NLS Investigator and Choose Variable Search --> Area of Interest --> YA Military.

  • National Longitudinal Survey of Mature and Young Women (NLSW)

    The National Longitudinal Survey of Mature and Young Women, a two-cohort survey, is part of the NLS Original Cohort project. The Mature Women’s cohort includes 5,083 women who were ages 30-44 when first interviewed in 1967, while the Young Women’s cohort includes 5,159 women who were ages 14-24 when first interviewed in 1968. Data for both cohorts are available through 2003, when active surveying was discontinued. Military service questions are not asked.

  • National Longitudinal Survey of Older and Young Men (NLSM)

    The National Longitudinal Survey of Older and Young Men, a two-cohort survey, is part of the NLS Original Cohort project. The Older Men’s cohort includes 5,020 men ages 45-59 in 1966, with data available through the 1990 survey year, the final year the Older Men were interviewed. The Young Men’s cohort includes 5,225 men who were ages 14-24 when first interviewed in 1966, with data available through 1981, when active surveying was discontinued.  To find military service questions, use the NLS Investigator and Choose your cohort --> Variable Search --> Area of Interest --> Military.

The Investigator User's Guide describes how to use this website.

A tutorial teaches how to search for variables in the Investigator.

Princeton's Data & Statistical Services also offers an NLS Investigator tutorial.

National Vietnam Veterans' Readjustment Study (NVVRS)

National Vietnam Veterans' Readjustment Study (NVVRS) contains data from an assessment of the etiology, evolution, and extent of readjustment problems experienced by veterans of the Vietnam War. Variables include age, service period, duty status, casualties suffered, education, health conditions and disability status, hospitalization, use of Veterans Administration medical facilities and programs, medical history, insurance coverage, employment and training, income and investments, and assets and debts. Obtained from the National Archives.

Public Opinion Surveys

Suggested iPoll keywords:

"armed forces"

"military service"

reserves

veteran

Suggested Datasets keywords:

"armed forces"

"military service"

veteran