I will support legislation to strengthen our commitment to those who serve us in the armed forces and ensure they receive all the benefits due them. I will also work to expand that care to include providing for the extraordinary needs of our veterans, some of which are listed below. In these areas, we must accept our responsibility to reach out and recognize that many of these conditions resulted from the service these vets were asked to perform.
On any given night, more than 57,000 Veterans are without shelter and lack basic healthcare.
Rural Veterans Nearly 40% of enrolled Veterans live in areas that are considered rural, where community hospices and VA palliative care programs are not readily available.
Substance Abuse Disorder
Veterans aged 18 to 25 are more likely than older Veterans to have higher rates of substance abuse disorder.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The United States National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R), conducted between February 2001 and April 2003, found that the estimated lifetime prevalence of PTSD among Vietnam Veterans was 30.9% for men and 26.9% for women.
About 1 in 5 women and 1 in 100 men seen in VA facilities respond “yes” when screened for military sexual trauma.
American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) Veterans have lower incomes, lower educational attainment, and higher unemployment than Veterans of other races.