Benefits Received by Veterans and Their Survivors

According to the US Census Bureau almost one-half of veterans (46.7%) received some sort of military service-related cash or noncash benefit in 2017. In that year, there were over 19.9 million veterans, which represented 6.2% of the overall population in the United States. The report, Benefits Received by Veterans and Their Survivors, discusses the benefits the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides, in conjunction with other federal government programs, to those who leave military service. This report uses data from the US Census’ 2018 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP).

Highlights from the report:

  • Nearly all veterans had health insurance in every month (94.9%) with coverage through a variety of public and private health insurance sources.
  • Among veterans with a mortgage, about one-third (32.1%) have a loan secured through the VA.
  • The median monthly value of school-related expenses covered by the GI Bill was $1,547.
    Nearly 3.9 million veterans (19.5%) received disability compensation payments, almost 1.5 million veterans (7.3%) received military retirement benefits and more than 600,000 veterans received pension payments.
  • There were some 450,000 “survivor” households receiving VA or military benefits in SIPP — meaning a household without a veteran that received benefits. Recipients of survivor benefits can include a veteran’s spouse, children or parents.

The full report is available here (PDF): https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2021/demo/p70br-175.pdf

Sources: US Census 2018 SIPP, US Census Benefits Received by Veterans and Their Survivors:2017, & the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)