Did You Know?
Our soldiers return home with physical and psychological wounds. They face unemployment, families that are not always intact, and communities unable to meet their immediate and long-term needs.
- Nearly 50,000 military men and women have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- 11-20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans live with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
- One third of Vietnam-era veterans live with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
- Since 2000, nearly 250,000 soldiers have been diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
- 2,293 U.S. military members have committed suicide since 2001.
- 18 veterans commit suicide each day.
- Men and women with multiple deployments are far more likely to commit suicide.
- 27 percent of troops returning from Iraq/Afghanistan battle alcoholism and abuse.
- Veterans make up 20 percent of the country’s homeless population.
- 67,000 veterans are homeless on any given night.
- Of today’s homeless veterans, 33 percent served in a war zone and 47 percent served in the Vietnam era.
- In 2011, the unemployment rate rose to 12.1 percent for Gulf-war era veterans.
- The unemployment rate for female Gulf War-era veterans is 12.4 percent.
- The divorce rate for military families increased 38 percent from 2001 to 2010.