Introduction, Methodology and Data Sources
Veteran Map of New Hampshire
was started in 2012 through a partnership between the
Commission on PTSD and TBI, and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA). SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans and their Families (SMVF) Policy Academy
provided consultation on veteran-related data sources, data visualization tools, and resource mapping.
The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Bureau of Behavioral Health managed
the entire mapping project for Series 1 & 2, including the development and editing of mapping data.
Significant data on the VA was provided by the Manchester VA Medical Center.
During the development of the first mapping series, current data from the US Census was used for
veteran population and periods of service. Data available at the time was from the American
Community Survey, years 2008-2010. Note that there is currently census data available from years
2009-2011. However that veteran data was not collected in a way that is compatible with years 2008-
2010. It is possible that future versions of these veteran maps will be updated with more recent
population data.
To assist in the collection of data, the Commission on PTSD and TBI developed a survey with the
University of New Hampshire Survey Center in 2012. The survey was called SHARE – Survey
Helping to Advance Recovery Efforts – and collected information from 1,170 NH veterans. Survey
distribution was done at the State Conventions for the American Legion, Disabled American
Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars; the Service Credit Union Boston-Portsmouth Air Show; and
numerous military conferences and events. Surveys were also emailed directly to NH National
Guard members, military and civilian providers and to numerous military distribution lists.
Information that was collected included:
Demographic information (age, period of service, county of residence, housing status, insurance)
Whether veterans experienced PTSD, TBI, or other difficulties as a result of their military
Problems encountered by veterans and their opinions regarding sources of help
Maps have been created from various sources (see below). These sources have used different
population data and internal data to produce their own maps, so population figures may be different
throughout the document - based on data sources used.
Data was used from the below sources:
American Legion
Citizen Soldier Support Program
Deployment Cycle Support Care Coordination Program
Disabled American Veterans
Manchester VA Medical Center
NH colleges and universities
NH DHHS, Bureau of Homeless & Housing Services
NH Employment Security, Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau
NH National Guard
NH Veterans Home
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Vet Centers
White River Junction VA Medical Center
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