Introduction: Thank you for agreeing to participate in this study of health in community veterans. You will be asked to answer questions about a wide range of topics, and the results will be used to help other veterans improve their health. Please try to answer every question honestly. If a question or answer does not pertain to you, please try to answer the question as if you were in that situation or it does pertain to you. Please read the informed consent message below which describes the study and provides information about your rights as a participant.


This Informed Consent will explain about being a participant in a research study. It is important that you read this material carefully and then decide if you wish to be a volunteer.

PURPOSE: To understand protective characteristics and health in community veterans and utilization of health resources. Results may provide a better understanding of how to enhance protective characteristics to improve health in your fellow veterans.

PROCEDURE and DURATION: You will be asked to complete an online survey, which will take approximately 30 minutes of your time. You can access this survey from any internet-capable computer.

ALTERNATIVE PROCEDURES: The alternative to participation is to not participate.

POSSIBLE RISKS/DISCOMFORTS: There are no anticipated risks for participants. Some people may become distressed when completing study questionnaires of a psychological nature; however, the risks are minimal. If you should feel uncomfortable or distressed after completion of this survey, please contact Dr. Hirsch [(423) 439-4463], or a local mental health professional. If you should feel great distress and are having thoughts of suicide upon the completion of this survey, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline [1-800-273-TALK (8255); Choose 1], which is free and confidential for veterans; this Crisis Line also has a chat function for veterans.

POSSIBLE BENEFITS: You are eligible for a raffle drawing if you complete the survey and provide your contact information. HOWEVER, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PROVIDE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION - THIS IS OPTIONAL! Otherwise, there are no benefits to you personally for participation. It is our hope that the information we gather through this study will help to improve general quality of life for community veterans.

VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION: Participation in this research experiment is voluntary. You may refuse to participate. You can quit at any time.

CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS: If you have questions, or research-related problems, you may call Dr. Hirsch at (423) 439-4463. You may call the Chairman of the Institutional Review Board at (423) 439-6054 for any questions you may have about your rights as a research subject. If you want to talk to someone independent of the research team or you can’t reach the study staff, you may call an IRB Coordinator at (423) 439-6055 or (423) 439-6002.

CONFIDENTIALITY: All data will be de-identified, and will only be used as a group (not your individual responses). The results of this study may be published and/or presented at meetings without naming you as a subject.

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Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1(800) 273-TALK (8255); Press 1 for Veterans

National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline
(800) 950-NAMI

National Institute of Mental Health Hotline
(888) 826-9438

These resources will also be available at the end of the survey.

If desired, you may print this page for your records.

Check this box to acknowledge that you have read and understand what will occur during your participation. Click “next” to participate in the study.