Learn More: Veteran Status
Veteran: The percentage of people who have served (but are not currently serving) on active duty in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or the Coast Guard, or who served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II.
American Community Survey, 5-year estimates, Table S2101
2006-10, 2007-11, 2008-12, 2009-13, 2010-14, 2011-15, 2012-16, 2017, 2018
Why are these Variables Important to Measure?
Veteran status is important to measure for the design and provision of services and government programs catering to this specific population. In particular, it is used by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to calculate the needs of veterans.
Veterans often face a unique set of challenges, some of the most significant of which are health related. Veterans experience mental health disorders, substance use disorders, post-traumatic stress, and traumatic brain injury at disproportionate rates compared to their civilian counterparts. Understanding the percentage of people with veteran status can aid in the planning, funding, siting, and programming of various services catered to these specific needs such as employment training, homelessness prevention, and health care.