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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Want to learn more about our country’s veterans? Here are five questions to help get you started.
- What made you join the military?
- Where did you serve and what was your job? How long did you serve?
- Can you share one of your favorite stories from your time in the military?
- What are your future goals and aspirations, and how has your military service prepared you to reach them?
- 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?