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Benefits Received by Veterans and Their Survivors: 2017

Report Number P70BR-175
Katherine G. Giefer and Tracy A. Loveless

Introduction

This brief discusses benefits that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides to veterans and their survivors, as well as complementary programs administered by other branches of the federal government. These cash and noncash benefits allow veterans and their survivors to access affordable health care, meet monthly living expenses, buy homes and pursue post-secondary education. Estimates from the 2018 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) show that in 2017 almost one-half of veterans (46.7 percent) received at least one benefit.

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