IAVA 2012 Member Survey

Source: Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America, 2012

2012 findings include:
– Our members’ unemployment rate was almost 17% – significantly higher than the 12.1% average unemployment rate for Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans in 2011
– Almost half (49%) of unemployed members did not feel that employers were open to hiring veterans
– More than 50% of our members are interested in starting a business in the next 3 to 5 or 6 to 10 years
– 37% of IAVA members personally know someone they served with or another Iraq or Afghanistan veteran who has committed suicide
– 2/3 of our membership do not think troops and veterans are getting the care they need for mental health injuries, including combat-related stress or military sexual trauma
– Almost 1/3 (31%) divorced or broke up with a long-term partner as a result of deployment and the return home
– 1/4 of IAVA members with children said their child had emotional problems (25%) or had problems in school (24%)
– 60% of our membership does not think the military/ Department of Defense is doing a good job of reaching out to troops and veterans regarding their mental health injuries and care, and less than half (49%) think the VA is doing a good job of reaching out to troops and veterans regarding their mental health injuries and care
See also:
Veteran unemployment up slightly in 2011
Source: Steve Vogel, Washington Post, March 21, 2012
Returning military members allege job discrimination — by federal government
Source: Steve Vogel, Washington Post, February 19, 2012
Berry calls for ‘zero tolerance’ for federal USERRA violations
Source: Steve Vogel, Washington Post, March 29, 2012

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