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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 separated Veterans, active duty military, and reservists and National Guard, including those with service in the Global War on Terrorism?

Q:  How many served and how many casualties are 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 information and data about dependents and survivors of Veterans?

Q:  Where can I find the 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 VetPop2014 Veteran Population Model.  Estimates and projections are available at the national, state, county, and Congressional District levels in detail from VetPop2014 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’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).


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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 VetPop2014.  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 national and state level tables.  Race/ethnicity is also available from national and state level tables.

Aside from VetPop2014, there are a number of demographic and socioeconomic reports and analyses on the NCVAS web page.

Unlike VetPop2014, 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.

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 Profile of Unique Veteran Users provides basic information about the utilization of VA services for Fiscal Year 2012, 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 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:  How many served and how many casualties are 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.


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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 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 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 no VA website that would provide Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn Veterans statistics.


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What’s New

October 7, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released State Summary fact sheet page accessible from the left navigation of the Vetdata website. These state summaries contain information about Veteran population, facitlity counts, VA expenditures, VA benefits and healthcare utilization for each state and Puerto Rico.

September 28, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released Profile of Minority Veterans: 2013 located on the Reports page. This report uses data from the 2013 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample to report data concerning the demographics, socioeconomic status, and health characteristics of Minority Veterans. It also compares major characteristics between Minority Veterans and Minority non-Veterans.

September 28, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released Profile of Post-9/11 Veterans:2013 located on the Reports pages. This report uses data from the 2013 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample to report data concerning the demographiccs, socioeconomic status, and health characteristics of Veterans. It also compares major characteristics between Veterans and non-Veterans by gender.

September 24, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released FY 2013 Profile of Unique Veteran Users located on the Reports page. The report provides demographic, socio-economic, and utilization trends of Veterans who used at least one VA benefit or service each year between FY 2005 and FY 2013. It also includes a comparison of Veterans who used VA benefits to Veterans who did not use VA benefits. This report updates and replaces all information contained in prior report.

July 16, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released Gulf War Veterans Supplemental Pre-9/11 Report as a follow-up to the Gulf War Era Pre-9/11 report that was released in February 2011. This Supplemental report provides comprehensive statistics on the utilization of VA benefits and healthcare service by Gulf War Era Veterans with military service between August 2, 1990 to September 10, 2001.

July 7, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released Profile of Post-9/11 Veterans:2012. The report is the first one dedicated to the most recent period of service. This report is located on the Reports page. The report uses 2012 American Community Survey data to compare the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics among Post-9/11 Veterans, non-Post-9/11 Veterans and non-Veterans. The report also uses the United States Veterans Eligibility Trends & Statistics (USVETS) 2012 database and VetPop2012 to compare the utilization characteristics of Post-9/11 Veterans and other Veterans.

July 2, 2015, the Departmnet of Veterans Affairs (VA) released Profile of Veterans: 2013 located on the Reports page. This report uses 2013 American Community Survey data to compare the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of Veterans and non-Veterans.

June 30, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released Trends in Veterans with a Service-Connected Disability: 1985 to 2014 located on the Quickfacts page. The 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. Between 2013 and 2014, the number of Veterans receiving Compensation increased by 5.5% from 3.7 million to 3.9 million. The largest increase was among Veterans rated over 70% disabled.

May 29, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released 2014 Geographic Distribution of VA Expenditures located on the Expenditures page. 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.

May 22, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released Veteran Poverty Trends located on the Reports page. This Report presents Veteran poverty trends by comparison of age groups, disability status, periods of service, geography and Veterans to non-veterans. Analysis found that 6.9% of Veterans were below the poverty threshold for the period of 2010 - 2012, as compared to 14.4% of non-veterans. Overall poverty rates were highest for younger Veterans ages 18 - 34 at 11.9%. Disabled Veterans receiving VA Service-Connected Disability Compensation had a lower poverty rate of 6.5% than disabled non-veterans of 24.2%.

May 21, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the Veteran's Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program 2013 (SNAP) located on the Reports page. This report uses U.S Census and American Community Survey data. Food security is an important part of a Veterans' wellbeing. About 6% of SNAP households have a Veteran. Regardless of race, marital status, education, and income, Veteran households participate in SNAP less than non-Veteran households.

May 21, 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the American Indian and Alaska Native Servicemembers and Veterans 2013 (AIAN) located on the Reports page. This report uses data from the 2013 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample to report data concerning the demographics, socioeconomic status, and health characteristics of AIAN Servicemembers and Veterans.


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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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