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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.
  • 22 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.