Veterans benefitsand services through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) are numerous and specific; however the majority of "benefits" fall under "health benefits." The VA while having a strongHealth Careprovision for Veterans also has benefits forVeterans with Disability, need forEducation and Training, Career and Employment Services, Pensionassistance,Housing Assistance, Life Insurance, Burials and Memorialsfor Veterans, andRecords.
Some assumptions can be made for most Veterans who fall in the age range of 35 to 64 and served before 9/11 - our target grouping. From VetPop16 and the VA Utilization Profile FY 2016 one can conclude of this Veteran cohort, of the 6.9 million Veterans approximately 3.62 million use some level of VA Benefits with more female Veterans using Veterans than their male counterparts.
The VA issued a Special Report: Key Statistics by Veteran Status and Period of Service based on 2016 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample showing Pre 9/11 and Vietnam Veterans median ages as 47 and 68, respectively. Employment percentages were reported as 75.8 and 26.8 percent, respectively. The percentage with some college attainment was 43.9 and 36.9, respectively. The percentage of Veterans with a service-connected disability rating of 70 percent or more were 26 and 39.1 percent, respectively. Finally, the median household income of these Veterans were $82,286 and $57,895, respectively.
Looking at this data it shows there are still a significant number of Veterans in this cohort who are either employed and or could be employed. This data suggests that for 35 to 65 year old Veteran who is either or employed or in need of assistance to become employed their are employment challenges due to employment history, educational level, and medical or psyco-social issues. Combined these issues requires the career and employment services for this Veteran cohort specialized, tailored to the Veteran as well as his or her geographical area, and local employment opportunities.
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The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) completed the Veteran Population Projection Model 2016 or VetPop2016 which looked at Veterans from World War II (WWII) through the Persian Gulf War (1990-1991) in order to a) identify the number of Veterans in the U.S. and b) project the potential number of Veterans who may be served by the VA to 2045. As reflected in the VetPop2016 Report, the largest group of Veterans are those who served in the Gulf War and those Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan under the titles of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND). The next largest cohort are Vietnam Era Veterans. With the Korean War and WW II Veterans following.
As can be seen in the VetPop16 By Age graphic the before 9/11 can include all but the 18 to 34 year old age cohort. This means without separating the the the 35 to 54 year old group as to who served a) before 9/11, those who served before and following 9/11, and c) those who served only following 9/11 the combined group, based on the data, is nearly 18 million Veterans.
Given a customary retirement age of 65 and excluding the 18 to 34 year old group this would exclude about 11.1 million Veterans who may need career or employment assistance; however, this leaves an estimated 6.9 million Veterans who served in the military and may need career or employment assistance. Given this data is based on census data, VetPop16 used a projection calculus the degree of accuracy is subject to some degree of difference, but at these figures not a significant error.
As a Veteran who served before 9/11, you are eligible for service and benefits from the VA and oftentimes from your State's Veteran Administration. In some instance there are benefits and services available to Veterans for throughCongressionally Charteredandnon-congressionally charteredVeteran Service Organizations (VSO) or their respective auxiliaries organizations - clickhere for a complete listing.