Veterans Campaign

Key Challenges Facing Our Returning Veterans

  • Finding employment — 20 percent of veterans aged 18 to 24 are unemployed and female veterans face an even higher risk of unemployment; 
  • Dealing with feelings of isolation and disconnectedness with loved ones and others after having been part of a close team; 
  • Restoring their physical and mental health — 45 percent of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have sought disability benefits; 
  • Coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or major depression that are prevalent among post 9/11 veterans — every 65 minutes, a U.S. military veteran commits suicide; 
  • Navigating the complex and confusing network of benefits, services, and support (including educational) that is available to veterans — and then waiting four months to a year to have such benefits start; and 
  • Dealing with housing and financial instability, especially while attending college and/or supporting families; female veterans have a higher rate of homelessness than their male counterparts.