Economics Brown Bag: Kelly Lee

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Date(s) - 09/13/2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Ph.D. students in the Department of Economics hold a weekly Brown Bag series on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. on Zoom. These events provide an opportunity for a student to present and workshop a research paper or idea with peers and faculty. For more information, please contact Bhavya Sinha.

Monday, September 13 | 12-1 p.m.

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Kelly Lee, Ph.D. Candidate

“The Invisible Wounds of War: An Examination of the Risks Associated with Combat Exposure and Their Effects on the Mental Health Outcomes of U.S. Veterans”


More than 1.6 million U.S. soldiers have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND).  In general, a deployment is time away from a service member’s assigned duty station and is usually outside of the United States.  Even though each deployment can look differently depending on a service member’s job, unit, branch of service, and deployment location, there are universal risks associated with combat deployments.  This paper focuses on all military service members deployed to a combat zone and compares their mental health outcomes with service members deployed to a non-combat zone.  This research examines how exposure to differing measures of combat affect mental health.  These measures include assignment to a combat zone, exposure to enemy firefight, killing or wounding someone, and exposure to the death or injury of an ally, civilian, or enemy.