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Research Report

NEEDS ASSESSMENT: Veterans in the Dallas–Fort Worth Region

Katherine Kidder
Amy Schafer
Phillip Carter
Copyright Date: Mar. 1, 2016
Pages: 42

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    Texas has a rich legacy of military service that continues today in its large and vibrant active-duty and veteran military community. More than 1.6 million veterans call Texas home; 386,358, or roughly one-fourth of all veterans statewide, live in the Dallas– Fort Worth (DFW) area.¹ Veterans of all generations reside in this region, including approximately 57,000 post-9/11 veterans. Veterans comprise between 5.7 percent (in Dallas County) and 14.6 percent (in Hood County) of each county’s total population, compared with the national average of 6.7 percent. Within the region, the veteran population is most concentrated in the core urban and suburban...

  4. (pp. 5-7)

    The VA estimates there are 21.6 million veterans living in the United States; approximately 1,675,262 live in the state of Texas.³ Of these, approximately 386,358 live in the DFW region (the 13 counties including and around the DFW metropolitan area). Veterans make up a larger portion of the region’s population (8.1 percent) than the national average of 6.7 percent, ranging between 5.7 percent in Dallas County and 14.6 percent in Hood County. This is due to many factors, including historic traditions of military service in Texas and growing job opportunities in the region.

    Geographically, this assessment focused on an area...

  5. (pp. 8-12)

    Comprising a diverse segment of the broader U.S. population, veterans number approximately 21.6 million – men and women, veterans of World War II and the mid-20th century conflicts, veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan, and other recent theaters of war. The issues facing members of this population vary somewhat by age, cohort, geography, socioeconomic class, and other variables, but certain national trends affect the entire community.13

    In 2014, the VA spent over $161 billion on veterans, with major expenditures on compensation and pensions ($75 billion), medical care ($59 billion), and education and vocational rehab ($14 billion). The VA budget for 2017 plans...

  6. (pp. 13-29)

    Nationwide, the geography of veterans’ needs varies considerably – as does the availability of public-, private-, and nonprofit-sector resources, both those targeted at helping veterans and those serving the community as a whole. The following chapter reports findings from the DFW region. Where possible, the chapter ties these findings to broader national trends and observations from other specific veteran communities previously examined in CNAS research.

    The Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area has a population of 4,874,000; the city of Dallas itself has approximately 1,258,000 residents and Fort Worth has approximately 792,727 residents.39 Approximately 100, of the 386,358 veterans...

  7. (pp. 30-33)

    Veterans in the DFW region comprise a significant percentage of the local population, and play a significant role in the regional community. The overall story regarding these veterans is a positive one, fueled by a thriving local economy in which veterans do quite well as a group. However, many veterans across the region face issues in their transition to civilian life, or in the years following that transition, including health, economic opportunity, wellness, and the difficulty in navigating a sea of organizations serving veterans who do not often collaborate or coordinate closely. These issues and challenges are reported with enough...

  8. (pp. 34-38)
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