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VA BENEFITS ACTIVITY

VETERANS DEPLOYED TO THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR


VBA Data Through Dec 20!" D#DC Data Through Oct 20!
This report summarizes participation in VA benefits programs by veterans identified by
the Department of Defense as having been deployed overseas in support of the Global
War on Terror (GWOT) including Operation ra!i "reedom#Operation $nduring "reedom
(O"#O$"#O%D)& nformation is included for the follo'ing VA programs( )ompensation*
nsurance* +ome ,oan Guaranty* $ducation* and Vocational -ehabilitation and
$mployment&
It is important to understand that because many GWOT veterans had earlier
periods of service, the benefits activity identified in this report could have
occurred either prior to or subsequent to their GWOT deployment (or both).
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GWOT Vetera%& '( Bra%ch o) Ser*+ce
Bra%ch o) Ser*+ce Re&er*e Guar, Act+*e Dut( Tota-
Air "orce ./0*123 011*01/ //0*04.
Army 562*253 532*0.3 631*744
)oast Guard 0*52/ 4*165 3*257
8arine )orps 53*573 015*431 02/*.23
%avy 21*13/ 044*266 /.4*430
Other ./ .30 .62
9n:no'n 0*504 5*/61 4*3.4
Total matched to VA systems 7/.*126 .*.47*/44 .*363*502
9nable to match to VA systems 210 775 .*074
Tota- .!"/0 "01"20 "133".0
Note4 Veterans; branch of service 'as obtained from VA;s <-,= system* 'hich stores information for
up to three periods of service& The branch of service associated 'ith the most recent service date 'as
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Ge%,er o) GWOT Vetera%&
Ge%,er Re&er*e Guar, Act+*e Dut( Tota-
"emale 32*7/7 .21*/61 0/4*.07
8ale 45.*711 .*1..*247 .*42/*047
9n:no'n /*400 2*516 6*1/.
Total matched to VA systems 7/.*126 .*.47*/44 .*363*502
9nable to match to VA systems 210 775 .*074
Tota- .!"/0 "01"20 "133".0
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Age o) GWOT Vetera%&
Age Grou5 Re&er*e Guar, Act+*e Dut( Tota-
9nder 01 65 507 20.
01 A 06 .42*.00 /70*23/ 2/7*712
/1 A /6 02.*113 576*724 7/1*745
51 A 56 .32*3/7 0.2*614 51.*75/
21 A 26 .1.*22/ 33*05. .36*765
41 A 46 02*670 3*17/ /5*152
9n:no'n .*57/ 0*/31 /*32/
Total matched to VA systems 7/.*126 .*.47*/44 .*363*502
9nable to match to VA systems 210 775 .*074
Tota- .!"/0 "01"20 "133".0
Note4 Veterans; ages are calculated in 'hole years based on the date of birth in the <-,= system&
Any veteran 'ith a missing or invalid date of birth* or 'here the calculated age 'as under .7 years or
over 46 years* 'as placed in the B9n:no'nC age group&
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A*erage Age o) GWOT Vetera%&
Re&er*e
Guar, Act+*e Dut(
Average Age /3&4 years /5&3 years
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A*erage Le%gth o) Ser*+ce )or GWOT Vetera%&
Re&er*e
Guar, Act+*e Dut(
Average ,ength of =ervice /&3 years 6&5 years
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Ser*+ce6Co%%ecte, D+&a'+-+t( Co75e%&at+o% Progra7
V<A;s computer systems do not contain any data that 'ould allo' us to attribute
veterans; disabilities to a specific period of service or deployment& We are therefore
only able to identify GWOT veterans 'ho filed disability compensation claim at some
point either prior to or follo'ing their GWOT deployment& We are not able to identify
'hich of these veterans filed a claim for disabilities incurred during their actual overseas
GWOT deployment&
8any veterans file disability compensation claims for more than one condition& The
table belo' provides information on individual GWOT veterans* not specific claimed
disabilities&
ndividuals included in the category BVeterans A'arded =erviceA)onnectionC are those
veterans 'ho have at least one condition that meets eligibility re!uirements for service
connection under VA statutes and regulations& "or veterans 'ho filed a claim for more
than one condition* this category contains veterans 'ith a full grant of all conditions as
'ell as veterans 'ith a combination of disabilities granted and denied&
f none of a GWOT veteran;s claimed conditions meet eligibility re!uirements under VA
statutes and regulations* these individuals are included in the category BVeterans
Denied =erviceA)onnection&C
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C8P Act+*+t( A7o%g GWOT Vetera%&
9I%c-u,e& c-a+7& )+-e, 'oth 5r+or to a%, )o--o:+%g GWOT ,e5-o(7e%t;
Categor( Re&er*e&
Guar,
Act+*e
Dut(
Tota-
Tota- GWOT Vetera%& .!"/0 "01"20 "133".0
,iving GWOT Veterans 70.*34/ .*.21*..1 .*37.*67/
GWOT nA=ervice Deaths .*141 5*774 2*3/4
GWOT >ost =ervice Deaths 3*4/3 ./*025 0.*360
Tota- GWOT Vetera%& :+th C-a+7& Dec+&+o%& 222"/.. 0!!"!/2 1/."323
Veterans Awarded Service-Connection 215,665 627,274 842,939
Veterans Receiving Comensation! 196,"15 588,727 784,742
Veterans #enied Service-Connection 8,912 6,"78 14,99"
Vetera%& :+th Pe%,+%g C-a+7& 21".3/ !"2. 02"000
Veterans wit$ %ending Reoened C&aims 24,444 55,"48 79,492
%ending 'rom (irst-)ime C&aimants 24,351 58,223 82,574
Tota- GWOT Vetera%& F+-+%g D+&a'+-+t( C-a+7&<< 221"321 03"/./ 320"/0!
D=ubset of BVeterans A'arded =erviceA)onnectionC category
DD ncludes BTotal GWOT Veterans 'ith )laims DecisionsC and B>ending from "irstATime )laimants&C
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Disabilities are evaluated according to VA regulations* and the eEtent of the disability is
eEpressed as a percentage from zero percent to .11 percent disabling* in increments of
.1 percent& Veterans 'ith more than one serviceAconnected disability receive a
combined disability rating&
The chart belo' includes GWOT veterans a'arded combined serviceAconnected
disability ratings from zero percent to .11 percent* regardless of 'hether the veteran
receives monetary compensation&
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GWOT Vetera%& A:ar,e, Ser*+ce6Co%%ect+o%
9'( Co7'+%e, Degree o) D+&a'+-+t(;
Co7'+%e,
Degree
Re&er*e& Guar, Act+*e Dut( Tota-
1 .6*421 /3*257 23*.67
.1 /7*727 46*745 .17*20.
01 0.*/06 25*211 72*306
/1 0.*/.0 4/*354 32*.23
51 0.*040 44*134 37*/53
21 .2*.33 20*//. 47*2.6
41 01*407 75*524 62*13/
71 .7*65. 40*636 31*6/1
31 .4*7.5 45*7/. 3.*552
61 .1*632 5/*546 25*525
.11 .0*611 /4*222 56*522
Tota- 2/"00/ 02."2.2 122"3!3
Note4 >revious versions of this chart provided counts based on a veteran;s highest combined
rating& <eginning in @uly 0113* counts are based on the current combined evaluation&
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Te% #o&t Fre=ue%t Ser*+ce6Co%%ecte, D+&a'+-+t+e& )or GWOT Vetera%&
9Both Act+*e Dut( a%, Re&er*e>Guar,;
D+ag%o&t+
c Co,e
D+ag%o&+& De&cr+5t+o% Cou%t
4041 Tinnitus /22*563
20/7 ,umbosacral Or )ervical =train 0/1*544
65.. >ostATraumatic =tress Disorder 0.0*532
2041 ,imitation Of "leEion Of ,eg .76*364
3.11 8igraine .25*4/5
2050 Degenerative Arthritis Of The Spine .56*/4/
7312 =cars* Other ./7*326
207. ,imited Motion Of The Ankle ./1*235
4.11 Defective +earing .04*..2
7.1. +ypertensive Vascular Disease ($ssential Arterial
Hypertension)
..0*117
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I%&ura%ce Progra7 Trau7at+c I%?ur( Be%e)+t
=ervicemembers; Group ,ife nsurance Traumatic nFury >rotection (T=G,) is a rider
under =ervicemembers; Group ,ife nsurance (=G,) that provides for payment to any
member of the uniformed services covered by =G, 'ho sustains a traumatic inFury that
results in certain severe losses& Through @uly /.* 01./* 00*701 active duty service
members and veterans have applied for T=G,& Of those* GWOT veterans filed .4*611
claims and .1*537 of those received benefits&
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GWOT Vetera%& Who A55-+e, )or TSGLI Be%e)+t&
9'( Age;
Age Grou5 Re&er*e& Guar, Act+*e Dut( Tota-
9nder 01 A 4 4
01 A 06 44/ 5*41. 2*045
/1 A /6 .*450 2*./7 4*776
51 A 56 .*4// .*341 /*56/
21 A 26 33/ 046 .*.20
41 A 46 .30 .5 .64
9n:no'n A . 6 .1
Vetera% Total A /"002 "130 0"300
Note4 The totals above reflect veterans* 'hose claims have been approved or denied&
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GWOT Vetera%& Who Rece+*e, TSGLI Be%e)+t&
9'( Age;
Age Grou5 Re&er*e& Guar, Act+*e Dut( Tota-
9nder 01 A 2 2
01 A 06 521 /*210 /*620
/1 A /6 647 /*/07 5*065
51 A 56 46/ .*121 .*75/
21 A 26 065 ./5 503
41 A 46 22 0 27
9n:no'n A A 3 3
Vetera% Total A 2"2/3 1"021 0"21.
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GWOT Vetera%& Who A55-+e, )or TSGLI Be%e)+t&
9'( Ge%,er;
Ge%,er
Re&er*e
Guar, Act+*e Dut( Tota-
"emale /.0 540 775
8ale 5*434 ..*5.0 .4*163
9n:no'n 4 00 03
Tota- /"002 "130 0"300
Note4 The totals above reflect veterans* 'hose claims have been approved or
denied&
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GWOT Vetera%& Who Rece+*e, TSGLI Be%e)+t&
9'( Ge%,er;
Ge%,er
Re&er*e
Guar, Act+*e Dut( Tota-
"emale .0. 00/ /55
8ale 0*//2 7*734 .1*.0.
9n:no'n / .6 00
Tota- 2"2/3 1"021 0"21.
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Ho7e Loa% Guara%t( Progra7
VA;s home loan guaranty program has been helping veterans purchase homes for more
than 41 years& VA guaranteed home loans are made by ban:s and mortgage
companies to veterans* servicemembers and eligible reservists& With VA bac:ing a
portion of the loan* veterans can receive a competitive interest rate 'ithout a
do'npayment* ma:ing it easier to buy a home&
This benefit can be used more than once if needed to .) refinance an eEisting VA
guaranteed loan at a lo'er interest rate or 0) to purchase a home that 'ill again be
used as the personGs primary residence (eligible to do this normally after paying off any
previous loans&)
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Home Loan Guaranty Program Participation by GWOT eterans
Re&er*e
Guar,
Act+*e
Dut(
Tota-
GWOT Veterans 'ith VA ,oans 021*302 516*246 441*/65
Total ,oans 8ade to GWOT Veterans 55.*07. 725*.34 .*.62*527
Do--ar A7ou%t o) A-- Loa%& to GWOT Vetera%& H7.&7b H./7b H013&7b
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E,ucat+o% Progra7&
The chart belo' reflects participation by GWOT veterans in VA education benefit
programs since =eptember ..* 011.& >articipants may have been entitled to more than
one benefit& "or eEample* a reservist may have received )hapter .414 benefits until he
or she became eligible to receive )hapter .417 benefits& This participant 'ould be
reported in both columns in the chart belo'&
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E,ucat+o% Progra7 Part+c+5at+o% A7o%g GWOT Vetera%&
S+%ce Se5te7'er " 200
T(5e o) Tra+%+%g Cha5ter !! Cha5ter !0 Cha5ter 000 Cha5ter 00. Tota-
Graduate 35*1.5 //*/52 ..*.44 .1*131 ./3*412
9nder Graduate ///*14. .7/*745 .06*.4/ 2/*006 436*0.7
@unior )ollege 05.*504 ./1*/30 3.*105 03*/71 53.*010
%onAcollege Degree 7.*15/ 5/*620 .0*237 7*432 ./2*047
Tota- .23"/22 !1"22! 2!!"320 33"!02 "222"23
<Note4 This data is based on D8D) separations through =ep /1* 0116* compared to VA records as of
Dec /.* 01./&
The Po&t63> GI6B+-- 9Cha5ter !!; provides financial support for education and
housing to individuals 'ith at least 61 days of aggregate service on or after
=eptember ..* 011.* or individuals discharged 'ith a serviceAconnected disability
after /1 days& Veterans must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible
for the >ostA6#.. G <ill&
#o%tgo7er( GI B+-- Act+*e6Dut( 9Cha5ter !0; provides up to /4 months of education
benefits for degree and certificate programs* flight training* apprenticeship#onAtheAFob
training* and correspondence courses& Generally* benefits are payable for .1 years
follo'ing release from active duty&
#o%tgo7er( GI B+-- Se-ecte, Re&er*e 9Cha5ter 000; provides up to /4 months of
education benefits to members of the reserve elements of the Army* %avy* Air "orce*
8arine )orps* and )oast Guard* and members of the Army %ational Guard* and the Air
%ational Guard& This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs* flight
training* apprenticeship#onAtheAFob training* and correspondence courses& <enefits
generally end the day a member separates from the =elected -eserve or %ational
Guard& "or those 'ho are activated* eligibility is eEtended beyond separation for a
period of time e!ual to time served on active duty plus four months&
Re&er*e E,ucat+o%a- A&&+&ta%ce Progra7 9REAP; 9Cha5ter 00.; provides
educational assistance to members of the -eserve components called or ordered to
active duty in response to a 'ar or national emergency as declared by the >resident or
)ongress& This ne' program ma:es certain reservists 'ho 'ere activated for at least
61 days after =eptember ..* 011.* eligible for education benefits or eligible for
increased benefits&
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Vocat+o%a- Reha'+-+tat+o% a%, E75-o(7e%t 9VR8E; Progra7 6 Cha5ter !
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VR8E Act+*+t( A7o%g GWOT Vetera%&
9I%c-u,e& 5art+c+5at+o% e+ther 5r+or to a%, )o--o:+%g GWOT ,e5-o(7e%t;
Curre%t Ca&e Statu& Re&er*e&
Act+*e
Dut(
Tota-
Applicant 362 0*617 /*310
$valuation and >lanning .*627 4*423 3*4.2
$Etended $valuation //2 .*111 .*//2
ndependent ,iving .57 014 /2/
-ehabilitation to
$mployability
4*322 0/*16/ 06*653
$mployment =ervices 46/ 0*.2/ 0*354
nterrupted .*1/0 0*700 /*725
9n:no'n .14 ..7 00/
Su'tota- 2"020 !1"1/0 /0"1.0
-ehabilitated 5*24. ./*/.6 .7*331
Discontinued .*766 2*2.2 7*/.5
Tota- 1"!10 /."030 .0"0.0
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VR8E Statu& B( D+&a'+-+t( Rat+%g A7o%g Ser*+ce6Co%%ecte, GWOT Vetera%&
9I%c-u,e& 5art+c+5at+o% e+ther 5r+or to a%,>or )o--o:+%g GWOT ,e5-o(7e%t;
Ca&e Statu& 0@ 0@ 20@ !0@ 20@ /0@ 00@ .0@ 10@ 30@ 00@ Tota-&
Applicant .33 .60 017 /06 /60 /13 217 21/ 214 /4. /16 /*310
$mployment =ervices 6 2/ .53 06. /02 06/ 5/4 /26 50/ /12 015 0*354
$valuation and >lanning 60. .23 /54 231 744 7/1 .*106 .*11. .*.30 .*103 375 3*4.2
$Etended $valuation 5. /. 52 42 34 33 .24 .7/ .67 .67 024 .*//2
ndependent ,iving A A . / 4 3 .0 /0 24 70 .4/ /2/
nterrupted 57 50 .07 0/0 /.3 035 571 2.0 4/2 215 23/ /*725
-ehabilitation to
$mployability
032 273 .*50/ 0*521 /*021 0*612 5*2// 5*.03 5*244 /*016 0*40. 06*653
9n:no'n /5 06 .5 .3 .2 6 05 .6 00 01 .6 00/
Curre%t Part+c+5a%t& "/2/ "01! 2"! !"301 /"/1 2"02/ ."0. 0".2. ."/1. /"030 /"023 /0"1.0
-ehabilitated 0/ 035 .*01/ .*322 0*.20 .*3.4 0*412 0*054 0*/35 .*474 .*4/4 .7*331
Discontinued 00 ..4 524 4.2 461 405 6/. 604 .*./4 3.4 630 7*/.5
Tota- VR8E Part+c+5a%t& "/.0 "21! !"3.0 0"2!1 1"000 ."00/ 0".0! 3"133 "0. 1"11 ."02. .0"0.0
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VR8E Act+*+t( A7o%g Ser*+ce6Co%%ecte, GWOT Vetera%&
9E%ro--e, +% Cha5ter !;
Co7'+%e,
Degree
Tota- VR8E Part+c+5a%t& @ e-+g+'-e :ho
e%ro--e, +% VR8E
1I 23*.67 .*271 0&7I
.1I .17*20. .*53/ .&5I
01I 72*306 /*671 2&0I
/1I 32*.23 4*5/3 7&4I
51I 37*/53 3*111 6&0I
21I 47*2.6 7*142 .1&2I
41I 62*13/ .1*71/ ..&/I
71I 31*6/1 6*366 .0&0I
31I 3.*552 ..*.17 ./&4I
61I 25*525 3*.33 .2&1I
.11I 56*522 7*457 .2&2I
Tota- 122"3!3 .0"0.0 3A0@
Note4 Veterans rated 1I are not typically eligible but may receive services if they are enrolled at
.1I or higher and rating is subse!uently reduced&
A55-+ca%t4 A veteran;s case is assigned to applicant status 'hen the VA receives an
application (VA"A.611) for services under )hapter /.&
E75-o(7e%t Ser*+ce&4 =ervices to assist in obtaining and#or maintaining suitable
employment&
E*a-uat+o% a%, P-a%%+%g4 Determination of feasibility of a vocational goal and#or
evaluation of the veteran;s ability to function independently 'ithin the veteran;s family and
community&
EBte%,e, E*a-uat+o%4 Determine the current feasibility of the veteran 'ith a serious
employment handicap to achieve a vocational goal&
Reha'+-+tat+o% to E75-o(a'+-+t(4 =ervices and training necessary for entry into
employment in an identified suitable occupational obFective&
I%,e5e%,e%t L+*+%g Progra74 =ervices that are needed to enable a veteran to achieve
maEimum independence in daily living* including home accommodations* counseling* and
educational services* as determined necessary&
Reha'+-+tate,4 The goals of a rehabilitation#employment#independent living program have
been substantially achieved&
I%terru5te,4 Temporary suspension of the program 'arranted due to a veteran;s
individual circumstances&
D+&co%t+%ue,4 All services and benefits are terminated&
Ser+ou& E75-o(7e%t Ha%,+ca54 A significant impairment of a veteran;s ability to
prepare for* obtain* or maintain employment* as determined by a VA counselor&
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Source&
DoD4
Defense 8anpo'er Data )enter (D8D)) $ast* cumulative count of service
members deployed to O"#O$"#O%D* from =eptember ..* 011. through
Oct /.* 01./&
D8D) West* eEtract of O"#O$"#O%D service members discharged to civilian
status from =eptember ..* 011. through Oct /.* 01./&
VBA4
<eneficiary dentification and -ecords ,ocator =ubsystem (<-,=)* as of
Dec /.* 01./&
)orporate records as of Dec /.* 01./&
>ending ssue "ile (>")* as of the close of business on Dec /.* 01./
Vocational -ehabilitation and $mployment =ervice )hapter /. file* as of
Dec /.* 01./&
,oan Guaranty data* as of Dec /.* 01./&
T=G, file* as of @uly /.* 01./&
$ducation =ervice data* as of Dec /.* 01./&
Cue&t+o%&
Juestions may be referred to Vesta Guesch:ova in the Office of >erformance
Analysis and ntegrity at (010) 54.A6727&
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