The number of veterans that have returned to and reside in rural areas. The rates of PTSD for veterans from the OIF/OEF, Gulf War and Vietnam era range from 11-20% and just over 50% of rural veterans are connected with the VA Health Care System, making community mental health resources a critical need for rural veterans.
The number of "cases of COVID-19 among U.S. military personnel, family members, DoD civilians and contractors" since the beginning of the pandemic, according to a recent article on the Military.com website reporting on an anticipated $1.8 billion budgetary shortfall in the Defense Health Agency (DHA).
The percentage of employed veterans with a disability who worked for the federal government in August 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. "compared with 9.0 percent of Veterans with no disability and 2.5 percent of nonveterans."