The new veterans, the men and women returning from the post-9/11 wars, are very different from veterans returning from wars past, presenting many challenges for the government and the VA.
To create the profile of the new veteran, Heartland Alliance’s Social Impact Research Center gathered data on these military members, quantifying everything from education, income, race, gender and more, focusing on the new veterans in Illinois.”
“There are more than 85,000 new veterans in Illinois,” Lindy Carrow, research assistant with the Social Impact Research Center.
Carrow explained how in many ways, new veterans are facing more issues – they tend to have higher unemployment rates and less education.
Of all new veterans, women are facing some of the biggest issues. According to Carrow, they’re more likely to be younger, minorities, unemployed, divorced and raising a child by themselves compared to male new veterans.
The infographic below details more information on Illinois’ new veterans.