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UA and AARP helping aging veterans

Updated: Jan. 30, 2019 at 6:53 PM CST
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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Older military veterans could benefit from a new study by the University of Alabama and the state’s AARP.

UA and Alabama AARP have teamed up to study the needs of older veterans. Most veterans statewide and throughout the nation are older than 50.

Between 9 to 12 percent of Alabamians identify as veterans with half aged 50 and above. Some targets of study include behavioral health, opioid abuse, suicide attempts, caregiving, food insecurity, and homelessness.

“Our hope is to be able to really see where the opportunities are for AARP and the University, and to then be able to really provide tailored service of some sort to the older vets,” said Dr. David Albright, UA Direct of Office Military Families and Veterans.

UA and Alabama AARP’s study is scheduled to be complete this summer.

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