Veterans Corner

Veterans Corner

Submitted by- Rich Ely

Director of Veterans Affairs -VSO

 

With the pandemic we are all dealing with the world is definitely experiencing a new normal and will be for some time. The world of our military is also changing as is our veteran populations and their numbers and needs. The types, age, and gender of our nation’s veterans is adjusting to and will continues to adjust to a new normal with different numbers and demographics

*The size of our military and subsequent veteran populations is declining.  The current population of individuals in the US over the age of 17 is 240,828,789. Of this population there are 18,263,032 living veterans in the U.S.  Pennsylvania has roughly 840,000 veterans and Susquehanna County has approximately 4,000.

*The majority of our U.S. veterans are male and older than their female counterparts. 91% of the veterans are male (16,621,853), and 53% of them are over 65 years old. Our female veterans (1.641.182), represent 9% of our veterans and only 19% of the female veterans are over 65.

 

*Female veterans have higher levels of education than their male counterparts.  42% of female veterans have some education beyond high school, 21.3% have Bachelor’s Degrees and 15.4 % have Advanced Degrees. The data for their male counterparts is 37% have some education beyond high school, 16.4% have Bachelor’s Degrees and 11.3 % have Advanced Degrees.

 

*Female veterans are more likely than their male counterparts to have a service-connected disability.

22.8% for men and 25.1 % for women.

 

*Most veterans are married. 64% of male veteran and 50.9% of female veterans are married.

 

*The median income for veterans is higher for male veterans. The median income for male veterans is $50,989, where as for female veterans it is $40,939. This is partially because the male veteran population is older and female veterans are more apt to work part time than male veterans.

 

*Living male and female veterans have very different periods of service.

                                                     Male                                               Female

WWII………………………….  3.2% ............................................   1 .5%

Korea …………………………  7.7%  ..........................................     2.7%

Vietnam ………………………35.9% ............................................. 12.3%

Peacetime …………………… 22.4%  ............................................. 24.4%

Pre-9/11 ……………………… 13.2%  ........................................... 23.6%

Post 9/11 ………………………  3.2%  ..........................................  35.5%

 

* By the year 2040 forecasts say we will be down from 18.2 million vets today to 12.9 million vets. In this same time frame our minority veteran’s population will go up from 23% to 34%.

 

The Susquehanna County VA Office in Montrose at the Courthouse is open Monday to Friday 8:30 A.M. till 4:30 P.M.  Or you may call 570-278-5955 for help, or with questions because……., HERE IN SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY, WE VALUE OUR VETS.​