Data on Health and Well-being of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Other Native Americans. National Survey of Veterans (NSV)

12/01/2006

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Description: The 2001 National Survey of Veterans (NSV) is the fifth in a series of comprehensive nationwide surveys designed to help the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) plan its future programs and services for veterans. The information gathered through these surveys will help VA to identify the needs of veterans and then allocate resources in ways that will ensure these needs can be met. It also provides a snapshot profile of the veteran population. Data collected through the NSV enables VA to: (1) follow changing trends in the veteran population; (2) compare characteristics of veterans who use VA services with those of veterans who do not; (3) study VAs role in the delivery of all benefits that veterans receive; and (4) update information about veterans to help the VA develop its policies.
Relevant Policy Issues: Eligibility and Use of Veterans Administration Health Facilities and Eligibility and Use of Other Veterans Administration Benefits.
Data Type(s): Survey
Unit of Analysis: Individual
Identification of AI/AN/NA: The instructions for reporting race were as follows:
Im going to read a list of racial categories. Please select one or more to describe your race. Are you ...
  • White
  • Black or African American
  • American Indian or Alaska Native (AI/AN)
  • Asian
  • Native Hawaiian (NH)
  • Other Pacific Islander (OPI)
  • Hispanic/Mexican
  • Other

Respondents could choose up to 8 response categories for this item.

AI/AN/NA Population in Data Set: The counts reported below represent the number of respondents who mentioned the listed race as their race either with or without mentioning any other race(s).

TOTAL: 20,048
AI/AN: 897
NH: 34
OPI: 48

AI/AN/NA Subpopulations: AI/AN/NA subpopulations identified are:  
  • Native Hawaiian alone
  • Pacific Islander alone
Geographic Scope: The geographical scope is national. No additional geographic areas were identified in the data.
Date or Frequency: The National Survey of Veterans was first conducted in the late 1970s, again in 1987, again in 1993, and most recently in 2001. The content of the questionnaires changed between data collection efforts.
Data Collection Methodology: The 2001 NSV was a computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI).
Participation: Optional, without incentives
Response Rate: There were two types of samples: random-digit dialing (RDD) and list. Overall response rate was 51.6 percent for the RDD sample. The overall list sample response rate was not presented in the methodology report.
Sampling Methodology: The sample design for the 2001 NSV was a dual frame design consisting of an RDD sample and a list sample. The list sample design used the Veterans Health Administration Healthcare enrollment file and the Veterans Benefits Administration Compensation and Pension (C&P) file to construct the sampling frame.
Analysis: Appendix C of the final report includes a discussion of standard errors for estimates. Information on the NSV is available online at: http://www.virec.research.va.gov/DataSourcesName/NationalSurveyVeterans/2001NationalSurveyofVeterans.htm
Authorization: The NSV is conducted under the general authorization of U.S. Code Title 38, Section 527. This section authorizes the VA Secretary to gather data for the purposes of planning and evaluating VA programs.
Strengths: Data are collected on key policy issues. There are multiple years of data available. The NSV is one of the few national data sets that covers veterans issues. Also, comprehensive documentation of the study is available online.
Limitations: There are only a small number of NH/PI respondents. Although the NSV has been conducted in previous years, there are significant differences in the survey content across the administrations. Aggregation of the data to increase the number of NH/PI represented in the database would require a skilled statistician.
Access Requirements and Use Restrictions: Current data are available to the public at no cost; this could change if demand is high. Data from these earlier efforts may be available depending on demand.
Contact Information: In order to obtain this file, researchers should contact the Office of Policy, Planning and Prepardness Office, Office of Policy, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the 2001 National Survey of Veterans Project Officer, Susan Krumhaus at (202) 273-5108, or Wayne Johnson at (202) 273-8972, and briefly explain how you would like to use these data.

 

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