Our military veterans are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of their service to our nation. Their dedication in protecting our freedoms, going undeterred into hostile environments, cannot be overlooked, especially upon returning home. We must watch out for them. It’s time to take action. It’s the very least we can do.
- There are more than 2.5 million post 9/11 military veterans that have served our nation, which is less than 1% of the population. 80 percent of those spent some time in an overseas combat zone.
- Over 2 million served in Afghanistan and Iraq, spending 1 out of 3 years serving overseas.
- 60% are under the age of 34.
- 22 veterans commit suicides daily, with 1 occurring roughly every 80 minutes. The number is higher for Special Forces.
- 30% of vets have disabilities as a result of their service.
- 13-20% are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress; the VA says about 30% of people who served in combat are dealing with PTS. PTS does not have to be an obstacle to a successful life.
- 22% are diagnosed with a Depressive Disorder.
- There are an estimated 300,000 post-9/11 veterans who have psychological wounds, namely, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
- Since 2002, more than 200,000 service members have suffered Traumatic Brain Injuries.
- 1/3 of those veterans that need mental health care actually sought treatment.
- Over 48,000 vets are homeless or at risk.
- 40.7% Feel like a “guest” in their own homes.
- 84% of veterans say that the American public has “little awareness” of the challenges facing them and their families.
- 71 % of Americans say that they don’t understand the problems faced by those who have served since Sept. 11.
- 88% Joined the Military to SERVE our Nation.
- 94% are PROUD OF THEIR SERVICE!
- Nearly one million student veterans have attended college since 9/11.
- 83% are Male / 17% Female.
- 58% are Married.
Sources: IAVA, The George W. Bush Institute, Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families, VA and DAV.
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