Annual Warrior Survey for the Wounded Warrior Project®
The Annual Warrior Survey, begun in 2010, has assessed demographics and the mental, physical, social, and financial well‐being of injured military veterans since the 9/11 attacks in 2001. The Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) uses the survey to help the organization make strategic decisions on such things as program delivery, advocacy efforts, and community partnerships. The survey results also are shared with Congress, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and other veterans service organizations so they can do their part in serving warriors.
In 2021, NORC designed and launched a new annual questionnaire, along with a sampling plan that converted the annual census survey into a longitudinal design. This new design will enable the WWP to better use survey data to help update services and strategies. NORC and the WWP team engages with project partners to ensure the survey reflects their ongoing needs and concerns. This includes convening subject-matter experts to discuss how to assist wounded veterans, and conducting focus groups with warriors and caregivers, and meeting with congressional and VA staff.
The latest survey (2022) included domains on physical and mental health status, health care access, education, employment, finances and benefits, military service experience, current well-being, self-directed violence, and environmental and toxic exposures. We conducted mixed-mode, multilanguage (Spanish and English) data collection for the 2021 and 2022 rounds, and incorporated the longitudinal design for the first time in 2022 as well.
Departments, Centers & Programs
Heidi WhitmorePrincipal Research ScientistProject Director & Principal Investigator
Vince WelchAssociate DirectorSenior Staff