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Why Outreach to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Veterans?
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 Service-members and Veterans," shows that in several key measures AI/AN veterans are worse off than other veterans. Here is a selection of important stats from the VA's study:
7.1% - The unemployment rate of AI/AN veterans
4.9% - The unemployment rate for veterans of all other races
15.3% - The percentage of AI/AN veterans who do not have health insurance
6.3% - The percentage of veterans of all other races who do not have health insurance
36.4% - The percentage of AI/AN veterans who suffer from one or more disability
26.2% - The percentage of veterans of all other races who suffer from one or more disability
18.9% - The percentage of AI/AN veterans with a service-connected disability rating
15.6% - The percentage of veterans of all other races with a service-connected disability rating
Read the full report here.
Find out about OEF/OIF/OND Veterans’ use of VA health care facilities and common diagnoses, including PTSD, by viewing the latest reports for the third quarter of fiscal year 2015:
VA Health Care Utilization by Recent Veterans
VA Facility Use by Recent Veterans with PTSD