Veterans’ Health

By

NYSHealth

Funding Area

Veterans’ Health

Date

October 27, 2021

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A wide range of factors—including employment, income, education, food security, and substance use—influence veterans’ health. See an @nys_health profile on the veteran population in New York State to learn more.
Veterans in New York die by suicide at a much higher rate than the general State population (nearly twice as high in 2019). See an @nys_health profile on New York State’s veteran population.
An @nys_health profile on New York State veterans finds that minorities make up 23% of the State’s veteran population.

This NYSHealth data profile offers an overview of New York State’s veteran population, including statistics on factors affecting veterans’ health such as employment status, income, and food security.

New York State is home to the fifth-largest veteran population in the country. Since NYSHealth published its 2017 snapshot of veterans and health in New York State, the veteran population has declined and become more diverse. This 2021 profile includes new data on topics such as how veterans access health care, veteran suicide, and mental health challenges facing veterans.

The aggregated data—compiled from federal agencies, national surveys, and veteran advocacy organizations—provides a timely overview of New York State’s veteran population. Among the findings:

  • In 2018, New York State was home to 790,000 veterans.
  • That same year, minorities made up 23% of New York State’s veteran population.
  • Veterans in New York die by suicide at a much higher rate than the general State population (nearly twice as high in 2019).
  • Nearly 70% of veterans under 65 have private health insurance coverage.

As New York State’s veteran population continues to change, these data are vital to tailor policies and services for meeting the health needs of our former service members.