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About Veteran Affairs in Our Community
Overview of Issue Impacts
Veterans face a number of hardships including mental health issues, unemployment, medical issues, homelessness, and more. In 2017, 4.7% of veterans in North Carolina were homeless. This is higher than the national average of 4.2% (1).
In addition, 22.7% of veterans in North Carolina have a service-related disability. This is, again, higher than the national average of 19.3%. Service-related disabilities include both mental and physical disabilities, both of which can have a significant on a veteran’s day-to-day life and ability to maintain employment (1).
According to Veteran Families United, the idea that veterans can easily access medical and other benefits is a myth. The organization states,
“Currently, all medical and other benefits must be applied for by the veteran. The reality is that all veteran benefits require a separate and often lengthy application process. For the untrained person and for the veteran, this can be a very confusing and frustrating challenge…”
Veterans often deal with financial hardships, mental health struggles, and physical health struggles. On top of this, the benefits application is very difficult, and some may not understand how to complete the application or may not be able to because of a disability or illness (2).
Populations Affected by Issue
According to the US Census Bureau, as of 2016, there were over 683,000 veterans living in North Carolina, accounting for 9% of the total adult population (3). North Carolina has one of the largest populations of veterans in the country due to the many military bases located in the state, including Fort Bragg, one of the largest and busiest military hubs in the world.
Housing Issues 108,361
Approximately 108,361 North Carolina veterans live in homes with one or more major problems of quality, crowding, or cost. Housing affordability is the greatest housing problem among veterans. Roughly 23.6 percent of North Carolina veterans pay too much for their housing. (3)
The Housing Assistance Council estimates that roughly 931 veterans in North Carolina are homeless. (3)
Vietnam Vets 33%
33% of veterans living in North Carolina fought in the Vietnam War, meaning they are part of an aging senior population (1).
Connected Community Issues
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Thank you to the following contributors:
- Spring 2020:
- Megan S.
- Spring 2021:
- Michelle P.
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Last updated April 2021
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