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Veteran Population

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Veteran Population

Veteran Population

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The Veteran Population Model

The Veteran Population Projection Model 2011 (VetPop2011) provides the latest official Veteran population projection from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  VetPop2011 is an actuarial projection model developed by the Office of the Actuary (OACT) for Veteran population projection from Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 to FY2040.  Using the best available Veteran data by the end of FY2010, VetPop2011 provides living Veteran counts by key demographic characteristics such as age, gender, period of service, and race/ethnicity at various geographic levels.  See Executive Summary for more information.

What’s New

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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