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Veterans Statistics - Veterans Day 2015

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Source and Information

U.S. Census Bureau:

  • American Community Survey (2009-2013) – total and female veteran population statistics; veteran period of service statistics; veteran median household income and household income distribution statistics; veteran health care statistics; veteran educational attainment statistics; and age distribution of veterans.
  • Survey of Business Owners (2012) – veteran-owned business statistics

Other federal data:

  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey (2014) – veteran unemployment rates
  • Department of Veterans Affairs – number and location of VA facilities
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (2014) – veteran homelessness statistics

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  • Map shows the concentration of veterans by Census tract based on the defined legend density.
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical facilities include Community Based Outpatient Clinics, VA Medical Centers, and Independent Outpatient Clinics.  For all other facilities, see
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development homelessness statistics show point in time estimates for a single day in January 2014.  For more information on these data, see
  • For more information on veteran unemployment rates from the Current Population Survey, see
  • For more information on veteran-owned businesses from the Survey of Business Owners, see
  • Current Population Survey and Survey of Business Owners are conducted in the 50 states and District of Columbia only.  Unemployment rate and number of veteran-owned businesses is unavailable for Puerto Rico. 


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  • Gulf War II – September 11, 2001 or later
  • Gulf War I – August 1990 to August 2001
  • Vietnam Era – August 1964 to April 1975
  • Korean War – July 1950 to January 1955
  • World War II – December 1941 to December 1946
  • Peacetime only – November 1941 or earlier; January 1947 to June 1950; February 1955 to July 1964; May 1975 to July 1990
  • Period of service: Veterans are categorized in their most recent period of wartime service. For example, a veteran who served in both Gulf War I and Gulf War II would be categorized as “Gulf War II” for this analysis.
  • Veteran-owned business: U.S. military service veterans own 51 percent or more of the equity, interest, or stock of the business.
  • Service-connected disability: A disability, disease, or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service. The degree of disability (rating) is graduated from 0 to 100 percent in increments of 10 percent.
  • Unemployment rate: the number of unemployed people as a percentage of the civilian labor force.
  • Uses VA health care: those who have ever used or enrolled in Department of Veterans Affairs health care.


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