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Native American Veterans by the Numbers

ICTMN Staff
3/5/13

In September 2012 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a comprehensive profile of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) veterans. There are currently more than 154,000 AI/AN veterans. Although Native Americans serve in the U.S. Armed Forces at a higher rate per capita than any other ethnic group, the report, titled "American Indian and Alaska Servicemembers and Veterans," shows that in several key measures AI/AN vets are doing worse off than other vets. Here is a selection of important stats from the VA's study.

7.1%

The unemployement rate of AI/AN vets

4.9%

The unemployment rate for vets of all other races

15.3%

The percentage of AI/AN vets who do not have health insurance

6.3%

The percentage of vets of all other races who do not have health insurance

36.4%

The percentage of AI/AN vets who suffer from one or more disability

26.2%

The percentage of vets of all other races who suffer from one or more disability

18.9%

The percentage of AI/AN vets who have a service-connected disability rating

15.6%

The percentage of vets of all other races who have a service-connected disability rating

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mary hogan
Submitted by mary hogan on
These numbers made me mad enough to write immediately to my US Senator! There is no reason for this discrimination and lack of services for those who have so bravely served our country.
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