Veteran Data

Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News March 2014

The latest data from an annual statistics survey shows a large amount of veterans with disabilities living below the poverty line.

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Among veterans with disabilities ages 18 to 64, almost 18% live below the poverty line according to the Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics. The report was released by the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability on Dec. 11, 2013.

The compendium is a publication of statistics about people with disabilities and government programs that serve them and pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies to make finding and using disability statistics easier for advocates, educators, policymakers and other stakeholders.

One section of the compendium is devoted to veterans with disabilities and presents state and national statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and Veterans Benefits Administration’s Annual Benefits Report. 

The latest data from 2012 indicates that, according to the American Community Survey, there were 889,707 veterans with service-connected disabilities in the U.S. rated at 70% or greater.

Mississippi and Oklahoma have the highest prevalence of veterans with disabilities while the lowest is found in Virginia. 

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