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Frequently Asked Questions

National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statisitcs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Where can I find the Veteran population for the Nation, states, counties, and Congressional Districts?

Q:  Where can I find the Veteran population for geographies below the county or Congressional District level?

Q:  Where can I find detailed demographic, period of service, or socioeconomic data about Veterans and non Veterans?

Q:  Where can I find basic information and data about utilization of VA services by type of program?

Q:  Where can I find detailed information and data about beneficiaries of VA programs for service-connected and non-service-connected disability, education, insurance, loan guaranty, and vocational rehabilitation and employment?

Q:  Where can I find information and data about Veterans with health conditions or disabilities, regardless of whether or not they are receiving VA benefits?

Q:  Where can I find expenditures for the Nation, states, counties, and Congressional Districts?

Q:  Where can I find information and data about recently separated Veterans, active duty military, and reservists and National Guard, including those with service in the Global War on Terrorism?

Q:  Where can I find the number of recently separated Veterans for the Nation, states, counties, and Congressional Districts?

Q:  How many homeless Veterans are there in my area of interest?

Q:  How many served and how many casualties were there by war period, nationally and at the state level?

Q:  How many military retirees are there nationally or in my state or zip code area?

Q:  Where can I find information and data about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Q:  Where can I find the latest information and data about dependents and survivors of Veterans?

Q:  Where can I find the latest results of the National Survey of Veterans(NSV)?

Q:  Where can I find information for the Nation or my state about how many Veterans are using their G.I. Bill benefits?  Can I get these statistics by period of service?

Q:  Where can I find information for the Nation or my state about what types of schools or programs Veterans are enrolled in using G.I. Bill benefits?  Can I get these statistics by period of service?

Q:  Where can I find information about the number of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn Veterans?  Are statistics available on their usage of VA benefits and services?


Q:  Where can I find the Veteran population for the Nation, states, counties, and Congressional Districts?

A:  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides official estimates and projections of the Veteran population using the VetPop2011 Veteran Population Model.  Estimates and projections are available at the national, state, county, and Congressional District levels in detail from VetPop2011 tables and in total from the first numerical column of the Geographic Distribution of VA Expenditures (GDX).  Periods of service are based on those used in Census 2000, as shown in Figure 1b of the Veterans:  2000 Census 2000 Brief.


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Q:  Where can I find the Veteran population for geographies below the county or Congressional District level?

A:  Estimates of the Veteran population for geographies below the county level are available from the U.S. Census Bureau&rsqauo;s American Community Survey (ACS).  One-year data are available for the Nation, all states and Congressional Districts, and counties and places with populations 65,000 or more.  Three-year data are available for the Nation, all states and Congressional Districts, and counties and places with populations 20,000 or more.  Five-year data are available for the Nation, all states, Congressional Districts, counties, places, and smaller geographies (block, tract).  Five-year data will be available for the first time starting December 2010.

Tables pertaining to Veterans can be identified by topic ID “21” in the table number.  As of 2010, tables include R2101, S2101, and B21001 through B21100.  Individual table descriptions are found in the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Fact Finder tool under List all tables.  Click on a table name and then click on the “What’s this?“ button to see a table shell.


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Q:  Where can I find detailed demographic, period of service, or socioeconomic data about Veterans and non Veterans?

A:  Demographic tables are available in VetPop2011.  Age and gender are available from every table, although the level of detail of the age breakouts decreases for smaller geographic levels.  Period of service is available from all national and state level tables, except for 4L.  Race/ethnicity is available from Tables 4L & 5L.

Aside from VetPop2011, there are a number of demographic and socioeconomic reports and analyses on the NCVAS web page.

Unlike VetPop2011, the American Community Survey (ACS) has numerical comparisons of Veterans to non Veterans and socioeconomic data such as educational attainment, median income, and employment, poverty, disability, and service-connected disability rating status.  Tables pertaining to Veterans are R2101, S2101 and B21001 through B21100.  Individual table descriptions are found under List all tables.

At the national level, demographic and socioeconomic information on Veterans from the Current Population Survey (CPS) is found in the Employment Situation of Veterans and the Employment Status of the Civilian Population 18 Years and Over by Veteran Status.


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Q:  Where can I find basic information and data about utilization of VA services by type of program?

A:  The Analysis of Unique Veterans Utilization of VA Benefits and Services provides basic information about the utilization of VA services for Fiscal Year 2008, including the number using multiple VA programs.  VA Stats at a Glance provides more recent summarized data.

Unique patients receiving treatment at VA Medical Facilities are presented by state, county and Congressional District in the Geographic Distribution of VA Expenditures.

The 2010 National Survey of Veterans has information on data utilization of VA services by type of program in the Final Weighted Report as follows:

1)  VA Disability and Vocational Rehabilitation – Chapter 4.1.4, pages 106 to 116 and Appendix D- Detailed Data Tables, pages D-10, D-13 to D-14, and D-16.

2)  VA Health Care –Chapter 4.1.6, pages 122 to 136 and Appendix D- Detailed Data Tables, pages D-21 to D-39.

3)  VA Education and Training - Chapter 4.1.8, pages 145 to 153 and Appendix D- Detailed Data Tables, pages D-42 to D-46.

4)  VA Life Insurance - Chapter 4.1.10, pages 161 to 164 and Appendix D - Detailed Data Tables, pages D-48 to D-50.

5)  VA Home Loans - Chapter 4.1.11, pages 165 to 169 and Appendix D- Detailed Data Tables, pages D-51 to D-54.

6)  VA Burial Plans - Chapter 4.1.12, pages 171 to 180 and Appendix D - Detailed Data Tables, pages D-56 to D-60.


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Q:  Where can I find detailed information and data about beneficiaries of VA programs for service-connected and non-service-connected disability, education, insurance, loan guaranty, and vocational rehabilitation and employment?

A:  The Veterans Benefits Administration Annual Benefits Report covers each of these programs in separate chapters.  Appendix E shows state-level data.


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Q:  Where can I find information and data about Veterans with health conditions or disabilities, regardless of whether or not they are receiving VA benefits?

A:  The 2001 National Survey of Veterans has information on Veterans’ health in the Final Reports & Appendixes, Chapter 5, and Tabulations & Responses, Tables 3-11 to 3-14.  The 2010 National Survey of Veterans has information on Veterans’ service-connected disability rating and VA disability benefits in the Final Weighted Report in Chapters 4.1.4, on pages 109 and 112, and Appendix D - Detailed Data Tables, pages D-11 to D-12.  Also, The 2010 National Survey of Veterans has information on Veterans’ health status, health care, and health insurance in the Final Weighted Report in Chapters 4.1.5, 4.1.6 and 4.1.7, respectively on pages 117 to 143, and Appendix D- Detailed Data Tables, pages D-18 to D-42.

Below the national and state levels, estimates of disabled Veterans are found in the American Community Survey (ACS) in Table S2101 and in Table B21007.  The estimated numbers of service-connected disabled Veterans are shown by disability percent rating in Table B21100.

The ACS estimates for both disabled Veterans in general and service-connected disabled Veterans will differ somewhat from those found in the VBA Annual Report because the ACS estimates are:  (1) not limited to those receiving VA compensation & pension; and (2) survey estimates rather than counts from a computerized record, as are the VBA numbers.


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Q:  Where can I find expenditures for the Nation, states, counties, and Congressional Districts?

A:  These data are found in the Geographic Distribution of VA Expenditures (GDX).  The GDX is an annual report produced by the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (NCVAS), in the Office of Policy and Planning (OPP).  GDX provides VA expenditures at the state, county and Congressional District levels in seven categories.  The GDX categories are Compensation & Pension, Construction, Education and Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment, General Operating Expenses, Insurance and Indemnities, Medical Care, and Loan Guaranty. Each of the GDX categories consists of funding appropriations with similar funding purposes.  The expenditures included in GDX are direct payments to Veterans and their dependents (e.g. compensation and pension), operating expenses incurred for providing services to Veterans (e.g. medical care programs), and overhead expenses (e.g. general administrative supports).  Whenever possible, expenditures to Veterans are captured at the zip code level and then aggregated at the county, Congressional District, and state levels.


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Q:  Where can I find information and data about recently separated Veterans, active duty military, and reservists and National Guard, including those with service in the Global War on Terrorism?

A:  The 2010 National Survey of Veterans has information on recently separated Veterans, active duty military, and reservists and National Guard, including those with service in the Global War on Terrorism.  Findings and results for these groups are in the Final Weighted Report and Appendix D - Detailed Data Tables as follows:

1)  Veterans – Chapter 4.1, pages 51 to 180 and tables in Appendix D on pages D-2 to D-177.

2)  Demobilized National Guard and Reserve Members – Chapter 4.2, pages 181 to 247 and tables in Appendix D on pages D-178 to D-247.

3)  Active Duty Service Members – Chapter 4.3, pages 248 to 278 and tables in Appendix D on pages D-248 to D-275.

4)  Veteran Spouses, Active Duty Spouses, and Surviving Spouses of deceased Veterans – Chapter 4.4, pages 279 to 316 and tables in Appendix D on pages D-276 to D-304 (Veteran Spouses), pages D-305 to D-324 (Active Duty Spouses), and pages D-325 to D-355 (Surviving Spouse).


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Q:  Where can I find the number of recently separated Veterans for the Nation, states, counties, and Congressional Districts?

A:  In VetPop2011, the actual and projected numbers of separated Veterans are found in every table ending in the letter “S”.  Post-September 30, 2001 Veterans are shown at the national level in Tables 10L, 10D & 10S.  For counties, Congressional Districts or other localities below the state level that meet specified population thresholds, estimates by period of service, including September 2001 or later, are available from Table B21002 of the American Community Survey.


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Q:  How many homeless Veterans are there in my area of interest?

A:  The CHALENG Report has estimated homeless Veterans by locality in Appendix 5.  Each year Project CHALENG publishes a report summarizing the results of annual surveys of both local VA staff and community participants (local government, service providers, formerly and currently homeless Veterans).  These surveys ask for current perceptions of homeless Veterans’ needs, the degree of VA/community cooperation and collaboration in serving homeless Veterans, and progress on local homeless Veterans program initiatives.  The most recent CHALENG report is available at this site.  The Report includes both Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) and facility data.


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Q:  How many served and how many casualties were there by war period, nationally and at the state level?

A:  Service members and casualties are summarized in the document America’s Wars.  This factsheet is produced in response to numerous requests for war casualty statistics.  It provides statistics compiled by sources at the Department of Defense (DoD), indicating the number of fatalities and numbers of wounded among American military personnel serving in principal wars and combat actions from the Revolutionary War to the current Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) operations in Afghanistan and related conflicts.  The casualty statistics for wars long ended are updated periodically, sometimes yearly.  This almost always reflects the identification of remains of persons previously listed as missing in action and those persons’ reclassification as dead.  Additional detail is available from the Department of Defense Military and Personnel Casualties Statistics.


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Q:  How many military retirees are there nationally or in my state or zip code area?

A:  This information is provided in the annual Department of Defense Statistical Report on the Military Retirement System.  Choose a fiscal year under Statistical Report.  The military retirement system applies to members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. However, most of the provisions also apply to retirement systems for members of the Coast Guard (administered by the Department of Homeland Security), officers of the Public Health Service (administered by the Department of Health and Human Services), and officers of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (administered by the Department of Commerce).


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Q:  Where can I find information and data about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

A:  General information about PTSD is available from the National Center for PTSD.  Expert opinion about PTSD is found under PTSD and the Military.  Findings are also available from the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study.


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Q:  Where can I find the latest information and data about dependents and survivors of Veterans?

A:  The 2010 National Survey of Veterans has information on spouses of living Veterans and survivors of deceased Veterans and service personnel in the Final Weighted Report Chapter 4.4 and Appendix D - Detailed Data Tables on pages D-276 to D-304 (Veteran Spouses), pages D-305 to D-324 (Active Duty Spouses), and pages D-325 to D-355 (Surviving Spouse).


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Q:  Where can I find the latest results of the National Survey of Veterans(NSV)?

A:  The 2010 National Survey of Veterans is the most recent NSV conducted by VA.  The results are described in the Final Weighted Report.


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Q:  Where can I find information for the Nation or my state about how many Veterans are using their G.I. Bill benefits?  Can I get these statistics by period of service?

A:  Individuals can view the number of students who have used the G.I. Bill Benefits at the national and state level by going to the Veterans Benefits Administration’s Annual Benefits Report.

There is currently no VA website that provides G.I. Bill benefits by period of service.


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Q:  Where can I find information for the Nation or my state about what types of schools or programs Veterans are enrolled in using G.I. Bill benefits?  Can I get these statistics by period of service?

A:  The Veterans Benefits Administration’s Annual Benefits Report shows the types of programs (i.e., graduate, undergraduate, non-college degree, vocational).  The 2009 Annual Benefits Report provided a statistical “snapshot” that showed the discipline most of VA beneficiaries tend to pursue (i.e. Nursing, Criminal Justice, Business Administration, etc.).  This snapshot is currently only available in the 2009 report.


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Q:  Where can I find information about the number of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn Veterans?  Are statistics available on their usage of VA benefits and services?

A:  There is currently not a VA website that would provide Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn Veterans statistics.


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What’s New

July 18, 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the Number of Veteran Patients by Healthcare Priority Group: FY2000 to FY2013. This table shows the number of patients in each of the Department of Veterans Affairs' healthcare enrollment priority group categories. Data for Non-Veteran patients are also shown.

June 20, 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the Selected Veterans Health Administration Characteristics: FY2002 to FY2013. This table shows a brief summary of enrollees, outpatient visits, and inpatient admissions.

June 19, 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the Average Expenditures per Patient by Healthcare Priority Group. This table shows the average expenditures per patient in each of the VA healthcare enrollment priority groups from 2000 - 2013. Data for Veterans and Non-Veterans are presented.

June 13, 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the FY 2013 Disability Compensation and Pension Recipients by County Report (C&P by County). The report provides country-level estimates of the number of Veterans who received VA Disability Compensation or Pension benefits during FY 2013. It includes the Veterans' total disability rating, age group, and gender. Between FY 2012 and FY 2013, the number of Veterans receiving Disability Compensation has increased by about 6 percent to 3.7 million. The number of Veterans recieving Disability Pension benefits has decreased by 3 percent to about 305,000.

May 22, 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released tables featuring updated data from the National Cemetery Administration on interments Veteran Interments, Veteran and Non-Veteran Interments and Veteran, Non-Veteran, and Dependent Interments. Between FY2012 and FY2013, veteran interments at national cemeteries increased by approximately 5 percent to nearly 82,000. Combined veteran and non-veteran interments at national cemeteries totaled about 125,000 in FY2013. There were approximately 157,000 veteran, non-veteran and dependent interments at national and state cemeteries that same year.

April 30, 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the Geographic Distribution of VA Expenditures Report (GDX).  This report details VA expenditures at the state, county, and Congressional District level.  It includes categories such as Compensation and Pension, Construction, Insurance, and Medical Care.  Veteran population estimates and the number of unique patients who used VA health care services are also available.

March 18, 2014, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released its series of maps updated to reflect 2013 Veteran population estimates.  These maps show the number of Veterans who live in each state; state Veteran population change; Veteran population by VISN, Congressional District, county, 65 years and older, and under 25 years old; and WWII Veterans by state.

March 12, 2014, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released Summary of Veterans Benefits: FY2000 to FY2012 and Trends in Veterans with a Service-Connected Disability:  1985 to 2012.  The summary report presents the number of disability compensation and pension recipients, education beneficiaries, home loans guaranteed, life insurance policies, and vocational rehabilitation and employment recipients.  Between 2011 and 2012, home loans guaranteed increased by more than 50 percent.  The trends report provides information on the number of Veterans with service-connected disabilities, including by disability rating, and the amount of cash payments to these Veterans.

January 10, 2014, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released Education Program Beneficiaries.  VA education programs provide Veterans and other qualified beneficiaries with educational resources to supplement opportunities missed due to military service.  This analysis shows that twenty-three states account for 80% of VBA beneficiaries workload and that there was a 42% increase in VBA beneficiaries workload from 2009 to 2010 due in part with the Post-9/11 GI Bill Program being fully enacted.

November 8, 2013, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released Disability Compensation and Patient Expenditures, Trends in Utilization of Veterans Benefits and Service-connected Disabled Veterans by Disability Rating Group.  The reports use data from the Veterans Benefits Administration to compare Veteran-benefit-related information by year.

June 25, 2013, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released Profile of Minority Veterans:  2011.  The report uses data from the 2011 American Community Survey to compare the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of minority Veterans and minority non_Veterans.

April 24, 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the Geographic Distribution of VA Expenditures Report (GDX).  This report details VA expenditures at the state, county, and Congressional District level.  It includes categories such as Compensation and Pension, Construction, Insurance, and Medical Care.  Veteran population estimates and the number of unique patients who used VA health care services are also available.

April 19, 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released Veteran Population Projections:  FY2010 to FY2040.  The projections in this report summarize some of the typical demographic characteristics of the Veteran population.

March 14, 2013, Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government.  These quick facts use data from the 2011 Employment of Veterans in the Federal Executive Branch to compare Veteran employment in the Federal Government by agency, occupation, and level of disability.  Three of the four charts focus on new hires.

March 12, 2013, Profile of Veterans 2011.  This report uses data from the 2011 American Community Survey.

February 22, 2013 -Women Veterans.  This report uses data from the 2011 American Community Survey to compare the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of Veterans and non-Veterans.  It also explores the differences between male Veterans and female Veterans.


Contact NCVAS

For more information on reports, surveys, or statistics regarding the Veteran population, or for general inquiries, please e-mail us at vancvas@va.gov


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