Additional Sources of Information About Veterans
Data on Veterans are collected on the American Community Survey (ACS), the Current Population Survey (CPS), the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), and in decennial censuses prior to 2010.
Where can I access data, data products, and analyses related to Veterans from the U.S. Census Bureau?
The American Factfinder tool can be used to access data products, such as detailed tables, subject tables, and maps, from the 1990 and 2000 decennial censuses and from the 2000 and later American Community Survey (ACS). Users can quickly find the available products related to Veterans by using the "by subject" or "by keyword" search features. Since 2004, Veterans' products can be distinguished by topic ID '21' in the table number. For example, detailed table B21002 and subject table S2101 cover Veterans' topics. Individual table descriptions can be found under the List all tables link. Click on a table name and then click on the "What's this?" button to see a table shell.
Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS):
Microdata users frequently want to look at relationships among variables not shown in the standard products offered by the U.S. Census Bureau. These users can use American Factfinder to download the Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files. The advantage of PUMS is that data users can tabulate data according to the characteristics they want or need to know about.
Data Ferrett is a tool and data librarian provided by the U.S. Census Bureau that searches and retrieves data across federal, state, and local surveys, executes customized variable recoding, creates complex tabulations and business graphics. Data on Veterans are available from the monthly CPS (1994 to the present), the longitudinal SIPP (1988 panel to present panel), the annual ACS (2004 to the present), and select decennial censuses.
Veterans' Statistics Webpage:
Reports, research papers, special tabulations, and other information related to Veterans are available on the Veterans' Statistics webpage.
Data on Veterans are collected through the monthly Current Population Survey (CPS) and the biennial August Veterans Supplement of the CPS. The CPS is a monthly survey of about 60,000 households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics that obtains information on employment and unemployment among the nation's civilian non-institutional population age 16 and over. The August Veterans Supplement, which collects additional detail related to Veterans, is co-sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service.
Where can I access data, data products, and analyses related to Veterans from the Bureau of Labor Statistics?
Data Ferrett is a tool and data librarian provided by the U.S. Census Bureau that searches and retrieves data across Federal, state, and local surveys, executes customized variable recoding, creates complex tabulations and business graphics. Data on Veterans are available from the monthly Current Population Surveys (1994 to the present) and the biennial August Veterans Supplements (1995 to the present).
Employment Situation of Veterans Report:
Data.gov was created to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Data.gov increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. Data.gov provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets. The data catalogs will continue to grow as datasets are added.
The Raw Data Catalog provides an instant download of machine readable, platform-independent datasets. To view the data catalogs available from the Department of Veterans Affairs, select the agency under "Search raw data by single/multiple agency."
The Tools Catalog provides hyperlinks which may lead to agency tools or agency web pages that allow you to mine datasets. To view the tools catalogs available from the Department of Veterans Affairs, select the agency under "Search tools by single/multiple agency."
USAspending.gov was created to fulfill the requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006. This Act requires that the Office of Management and Budget establish a single searchable website, accessible to the public at no cost, which includes for each Federal award:
1. the name of the entity receiving the award;
2. the amount of the award;
3. information on the award including transaction type, funding agency, etc;
4. the location of the entity receiving the award; and
5. a unique identifier of the entity receiving the award.
Prime award information shown on the website is provided by Federal Agencies through four main sources of data. USAspending.gov receives and displays data pertaining to obligations (amounts awarded for federally sponsored projects during a given budget period), not outlays or expenditures (actual cash disbursements made against each project).
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.
For more information on reports, surveys, or statistics regarding the Veteran population, or for general inquiries, please e-mail us at VANCVAS@va.gov