At CERV Foundation, we are always trying to understand how to better connect and serve our veterans. Our role at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is to facilitate research and educational programming with other government agencies and the private sector, including the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health.

A new study published by the VA provides up-to-date data and insights into America’s veteran population. In this new study, the data explores topics ranging from employment status, health care coverage, and educational and demographic data. These insights span from World War II through Post-911 eras.

Here are some key takeaways from the study:

  • Nearly 35% of veterans rely on healthcare from the VA.
  • Nearly 3% of veterans are without health care coverage.
  • 30% of veterans have at least one disability, compared to 15% of non-veterans.
  • The Employment Status of veterans (40%) is nearly 20% lower than non-veterans (62%).
  • The median individual income for veterans is $37,297. For non-veterans it is $22,991.
  • The median individual income for veterans decreased by roughly 20% from Pre-9/11 to Post-9/11.
  • Household Earnings and Income for veterans Pre-9/11 was $82,286, compared to $73,953 Post-9/11.
  • The percentage of veterans without Health Care Coverage has increased nearly 5% since the Vietnam era.

By better understanding veterans’ needs and lack of services, we are able to create a stronger network for veterans.

Want to donate to help with veterans programming? By donating, you are helping CERV Foundation conduct medical research that targets the crucial health needs of veterans, as well as fund educational programs that help soldiers acclimate to civilian life after returning from combat.