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Journal of Psychosomatic Research

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Veterans -- Services for, Quality of life, Disabled veterans -- Services for, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Posttraumatic growth


  • Facilitating PTG among U.S. Veterans who experienced life-threatening illness or injury can help to bolster quality of life of those individuals.

  • It is particularly important to facilitate PTG for those Veterans who, in addition to experiencing life-threatening illness or injury, have experienced PTSD during their service.

  • It should not be expected that PTG will eliminate co-occurring distress, such as posttraumatic symptoms.

  • This study indicated that across the five interactions that were studied, the participants who reported higher levels of PTG actually experienced higher QoL under increased levels of PTSD.


To the best of our knowledge, this work was authored as part of the Contributor's official duties as an Employee of the United States Government and is, therefore, a work of the United States Government. In accordance with 17 U.S.C. 105.

Originally appeared in Journal of Psychosomatic Research, volume 109 (2018). May be found at

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