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April 1, 2013

Native American Veterans by the Numbers
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In September 2012, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released a new report,
"American Indian and Alaska Service members and Veterans." The report is a comprehensive profile of American Indian and Alaska Native veterans. 

More than 154,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives are veterans of America's Armed Forces. While AI/AN serve at a higher rate than other ethnic groups, the report shows they are worse off than other vets in several key areas.

Here is a selection of important stats from the VA's study.
 

7.1%
The unemployment rate of AI/AN vets
4.9%
The unemployment rate for vets of all other races
15.3%
The percentage of AI/AN vets who do not have  health insurance
6.3%
The percentage of vets of all other races who do  not have health insurance
36.4%
The percentage of AI/AN vets who suffer from one  or more disability
26.2%
The percentage of vets of all other races who  suffer from one or more disability
18.9%
The percentage of AI/AN vets who have a service-connected disability rating
15.6%
The percentage of vets of all other races who have a service-connected disability rating


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