Magazine article VFW Magazine

Post-9/11 Vet Population Is History's Most Diverse

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Post-9/11 Vet Population Is History's Most Diverse

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The 3.3 million veterans who have served since Sept. 11, 2001, are now about half the size of the Vietnam War veterans population, according to information collected by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The data, taken in 2016 and published in April 2018, also revealed that post9/11 veterans were the most diverse of any group of war-time veterans. About 17 percent of modern era veterans are women, 15.3 percent are black and 12.1 percent are Hispanic. Almost half, or 47.6 percent, of these veterans were younger than 35 years old.

These young veterans also have the highest percentage - 35.9 percent - of service-connected disabilities. That compares to 18.6 percent of all other veterans reporting a disability.

A higher percentage of post-9/11 veterans also lived in a household that received food stamps, had no health insurance coverage, lived in poverty or had no income compared to their counterparts, according to the 2016 VA profile of post-9/11 veterans that was released in March 2018. …

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