A study commissioned by Got Your 6 revealed that the general population views veterans as “broken heroes” who are more likely than civilians to be unemployed, undereducated, homeless, and experience mental health issues. The reality is much more complex, and challenging these perceptions is an important step in changing the cultural narrative of veterans. Here are the facts.

True or False? Returning Veterans Are in Need of Charity FIND OUT

FALSE

Most veterans return home with strong team building and leadership skills. When compared to the general population, veterans are much more likely to volunteer in their communities after their military service. Most veterans are looking to give back to their communities.

True or False? All Veterans Have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder FIND OUT

FALSE

About 11-20 out of every 100 veterans who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom have PTSD in a given year. On the highest end of this estimate, majority of veterans do not have PTSD.

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Source: Veteran Affairs

True or False? Veterans Tend to be Unemployed FIND OUT

FALSE

As of September 2015, the unemployment rate of post-9/11 veterans was 5.0 percent. Among all veterans, the unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in September.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

True or False? Veterans Are Likely to be Homeless FIND OUT

FALSE

According to the Department Housing and Urban Housing, veterans make up less than 10% of the homeless population. In early 2014, there were less than 50,000 homeless veterans on the streets of America—the lowest number since stats have been kept on this population.

Source: Department of Housing and Urban Development

 

True or False? Veterans Don't Graduate from College FIND OUT

FALSE

Veterans utilizing the GI
 Bill are completing
 degree programs at a rate (48%)
 similar to traditional Beginning
 Postsecondary Students (BPS) in the general population cohort (49%). Women veterans utilizing the GI Bill benefit had a 5% higher completion rate compared to female traditional Beginning Postsecondary Students.

Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

True or False? Most Veterans are Older FIND OUT

FALSE

In 2015, Gulf War and Post-9/11 era veterans—defined as veterans who served in the First Gulf War and after—will overtake the Vietnam veterans as the largest cohort of the veteran population.

Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 

Want to learn more about our country’s veterans? Here are five questions to help get you started.

  1. What made you join the military?
  2. Where did you serve and what was your job? How long did you serve?
  3. Can you share one of your favorite stories from your time in the military?
  4. What are your future goals and aspirations, and how has your military service prepared you to reach them?
  5. In what ways can people recognize your service? What opportunities can be provided to you so you can use your military skills in civilian life?