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2018-2022 American Community Survey 5-year estimates are now available.

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We ask questions about a person's military service and service-connected disability rating to create estimates of veterans and their needs at the community level.

Data about veterans help plan and fund government programs that provide assistance or services for veterans and evaluate other government programs and policies to ensure they fairly and equitably serve the needs of veterans.

These statistics are also used to enforce laws, policies, and regulations against discrimination in society. Though the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) maintains veterans' records, these statistics do not provide federal program planners, policymakers, and researchers with additional statistics about all veterans, regardless of whether they use VA services.

Your privacy concerns

We use your confidential survey answers to create statistics like those in the results below and in the full tables that contain all the data—no one is able to figure out your survey answers from the statistics we produce. The Census Bureau is legally bound to strict confidentiality requirements. Individual records are not shared with anyone, including federal agencies and law enforcement entities. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone—not the IRS, not the FBI, not the CIA, and not with any other government agency.

Questions as they appear on the form

We ask three questions about active duty service, the period of active duty, and service-connected disability status and rating to create a profile of our nation's veterans.

Results from these questions

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