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New Veterans 121220

New Veterans 121220

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Brie 2: New Veterans
New Veterans in Illinois: A Demographic Snapshot, Pictureo Need, and Utilization o Services
Brie 1: Background and picture o need o new veterans. A short overview o the experiences o the United States’ newest veterans, as well an overview o their challenges and needs.Brie 2: New veterans. Analysis o demographic, social, and economic inormation.Brie 3: Future veterans. Understanding service members’ education, military training, and experience.Brie 4: Service Utilization. Documentation and analysis o new veterans’ utilization o VA services and benefts.
Authors: Lindy Carrow, Amy Rynell, and Amy TerpstraDecember 2012
The research for the following briefs was conducted by the Social IMPACT Research Center for theRobert R. McCormick Foundation Veterans Initiative.A special thanks to the providers and researchers in the Robert R. McCormick Foundation’s communityof practice who have helped inform this work.
Suggested Citation:
Carrow, L., Rynell, A., & Terpstra, A. (2012, December).
New Veterans in Illinois:
 ADemographic Snapshot, Picture of Need, and Utilization of Services.
Chicago: Social IMPACT ResearchCenter.
The Social IMPACT Research Center (IMPACT) investigates today’s most pressing social issues and solutions toinform and equip those working toward a just global society. IMPACT, a program of the nonprofit Heartland  Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, provides research, policy analysis, consulting, technical assistance,communications, and coalition building to projects in Illinois, the Midwest, and nationally. Visit www.heartlandalliance.org/research to learn more.33 W. Grand Avenue, Suite 500 | Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.870.4949 | research@heartlandalliance.org
Copyright © 2012 by the Social IMPACT Research Center at Heartland Alliance All rights reserved 
Table of Contents
Introduction 4Background on briefs and data sources 5Demographics of new veterans in Illinois 6Educational attainment 11Employment and income 14Discharge status 18Disability 19Summary 20
Key Findings in this report:
Illinois is already home to about 76,000 new veterans
Most of the new veterans are young men
Nearly half of new veterans have children
Many veterans, especially female veterans, are raising their childrenalone
Nearly all new veterans have at least a high school diploma and onequarter have completed four or more years of college
Many veterans are earning low incomes, but are above the povertythreshold, and not receiving public benefits
Nearly one fifth of new veterans have a service-related disability
Illinois’ new veterans have many great opportunities and potentialfor success, but also face many challenges upon their return tocivilian life and in the transition process.

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