Data Examines and Compares Veteran/Non-Veteran Outcomes

What is the economic picture for our Veterans? What challenges do Veterans face in reaching their goals? How can VA work with communities, Veterans Service Organizations, and policymakers to create more effective, Veteran-centric programs? How can strategic partnerships bolster support for Veterans as they transition from service, go to school, or start new careers?

The 2015 Veteran Economic Opportunity Report is comprised of data that informs VA’s efforts to help Veterans succeed in every aspect of their lives.

The report examines how Veterans compare to their non-Veteran counterparts in obtaining meaningful employment, increasing their income, accessing education, and other indicators of success. It analyzes where Veterans are thriving, what barriers they face, and it provides vital information for removing as many of these barriers as possible.

The key to making the most of this data is putting it in the right hands. When VA, employers, educational institutions, Veterans Service Organizations, and community-based organizations know where Veterans stand, they can make informed decisions about their programs and services. VA is using the report to spur conversations with partners across the country that will help identify areas in need of further analysis and lead to improved support for Veterans.

At the same time, VA is using such information in a restructuring effort called MyVA, which will put Veterans in control of how, when, and where they are served. MyVA will integrate and efficiently deliver Veterans’ services — and make sure Veterans understand how to get what they need from VA.

Read the 2015 Veteran Economic Opportunity Report to learn more about Veterans’ success and the challenges that, together, we will overcome.

Learn more about MyVA at

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Published on Jan. 9, 2015

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  1. Louise foster January 27, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Hello my name is Louise and I’m a mother of a marine son and I am a mad mother about now as I have tried to get my son help for his PTSD and when he went to the va hospital that sent him a bill to pay them back out of his income tax for two years now so you can understand why I’m up set. With this. But not only this but he still has no help at all he still can’t work and has a family to care for. Now for give me but did my son not fight for us all even put his life on the line for us? Then what the hell are we doing not taking care of them all. It’s like they are good to go die for us all but nothing else. What the crap people think about this we all owe them all every thing they ask for and then some. I for one will fight for what’s right for all of them and with your help we can geth the help they need. Plz help me help them all by. Sending me info on how I can help my son and others like him

  2. dru January 19, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    veteran’s in Arkansas need help contact “VeteransOutReach Ministries” they have offices in Conway, Searcy And Pleasant Plains. web site Veteran Out Rearch Ministries

  3. Pat January 17, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    I am a female veteran, but because of where and when I served I am not eligible for educational benefits that others are. I served on sub tenders, mainly in Scotland in the 1980’s.
    I have a full time job working for state government, but am having a hard time making ends meet with the wages I receive. I would like to get some training for a part time job; I will keep my full time job because I’m eligible to retire in 6 yrs. Is it possible to receive training for a job that will not be 40 hrs. a week?

  4. Marvin Jones January 17, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Bob D. and Danny, you will be happy to know that the Commander in Chief of the Continental Forces and one of his artillery officers shared your point of view. But maybe the position of those gentleman, who became the first President and the first Secretary of War, George Washington and Henry Knox, would be the standard today–which was their intention–if it were common knowledge.

    • Danny January 23, 2015 at 11:36 am

      Great minds think alike !!! ???

  5. SP January 16, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Not sure if this is the best place to post a comment about an opportunity, but I found a school that accepts post 911 GI Bill benefits that teaches how to trade stocks, options, futures, currencies and manage retirement accounts. It is by far the most complete and professionally run school I have seen. The school is called Online Trading Academy or OTA and it is located throughout the US. There is one campus in Denver CO that is approved for benefits. If this is something you are interested in, google Online Trading Academy to see more about it.

  6. zachary Wayton January 15, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    I really appreciate all the information but frankly I’m not impressed with the VA’s Economic Opportunity or the VA’s push for veterans being hired. I have had Multiple conditional offers through government agencies that require my VA medical records. SO naturally You would think the in an effort to get Veterans hired they would process MY or other vets Freedom Of Information Act Requests with a bit quickness. HAHA NOT. 2 jobs for which I was hired and but then fired because the VA can’t get my FOIA request complete and 5 months later still no MED Records. Secondly WHY should I be required to file a FOIA request for my OWN medical records. SO here is SIT no job no money and no medical care. THANKS VA. All I hear is a lot of promises and NO action. I even went as far as to write my Congressman for that paperwork.

    • Danny January 29, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      Zachary, Unfortunately the VETERANS Administration is a gov’t entity, and as a veteran, we all know that our gov’t is great at talking, but not so much at working. Look at our president, he is an outstanding speech maker, but our great country is falling apart under his watch! Hang in there my brother; REAL change is bound to come.

  7. Marvin S. Robinson, II January 15, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    The aforementioned sounds and reads “absolutely beautiful and perfect”- but so did the V.R.A.P. ( Veterans Retraining Assistance Program ): as did the VETS GREEN ENERGY Jobs TRAINING Project.
    All to no avail, but being the eternal optimist that I am, this could be such a gigantic LIFT from so many complicated burdens for many, many VETS as some of suffer in the silence of a disparity, that can not be communicated, in simplified language.
    Most VETS, such as myself would like to have a job that pays a live-able wage and meaningful salary, so we can enjoy our GREAT nation: pay our bills, have water and lights and heat in the winter and a fan in the summer.
    The V.A. for years has treated effort for VETS to try and survive with lessor compassion than news media organizations and the general public has for PUPPY MILLS and Animal Shelters for stray dogs and cats.
    It’s difficult for many VETS to try and communicate frustration and have clarity, because, who wants to be misunderstood, as being “Whinney, or a Whimpish” ?
    So maybe this –
    New Economic Opportunity Report from the V.A. – is or will be a HUMANITARIAN Recipe that can get a “LIFE-LINE” throw to those VETS who are chronically and severely UNEMPLOYED and need JOBS, not capsules and prescriptions. We’ve been born, breed, raised, trained to serve, defend and WORK: and then NO JOBS for us, but: everyone thinks it’s more important to care about illegal immigrants having jobs, businesses, cars and the American DREAM; while we just get cast away into an awful predicament of “Unkown” and “who gives a damn”.
    So for this I am New Economic Opportunity Report get’s five stars of OPTIMISM and ENCOURAGEMENT, because through-out all the sufferage, most VETS including myself still -LOV.E our country !!!
    Marvin S. Robinson, II
    Quindaro Ruins / Underground Railroad- Exercise 2015

  8. Rob January 15, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    The VA needs to start educating on the 90/10 rule and what it is and what colleges for profit are using it to scam vets out of the GI Bill. These for profits like ITT, Brown Mackie, The Arts Institutes, Phoenix etc are getting rich off theVets! Worse yet all of these schools are a national accreditation and the Credits don’t transfer to Disney World! It needs to be regional! Those are the only one that transfer around to other colleges. There are so many lawsuits vs EDMC right now it makes your head spin! But people like General Colin Powell is head of An equity firm that are part owners of the outfit. You get the picture, Right. It’s all about milking vets out of the post 911 GI bill money. Fix it now please. Everyone just needs to google for profit colleges and GI Bill and hit the News button after they do it. Enjoy reading, you will die of old age before you finish reading the 1000s of stories.

  9. Tammy Anderson January 15, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    My problem is with the compensation board. First, why hire a person who has not served to work in compensation department. A Non-Veteran does not know what a Veteran goes through or has gone through. Yet, they are the first one to deny a Veteran their claim for ailments. Another thing is, why does the VA ask for things more than once. For instance, if a Veteran is asking for an increase the VA asks for the same evidence from the first award. I was denied for increase before the deadline and I emailed my complaint, but nothing happened. This tells me that the person working in the compensation department does not take the time to read paperwork. Last but not least, customer service skills. This is something that should be taught during training. Some employees who work at the VA do not have this skill. I am getting together with a group of veterans who would like to address problems they are having and I am wondering who I need to speak with. Thanks for your time Tammy Anderson.

  10. Clara C. Martin January 10, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    When will the VA start paying its bills for out-of-pocket expenses, paid by Veterans and families, that can’t appointments at the VA hospitals. When will the VA Secretary require that Fee Basis Departments send out letters informing Veterans when the bills submitted by Non-VA providers have been received, and, that the bills will be processed within 30 days upon receipt.

    Veterans need to maintain good credit to get and maintain security clearances, buy homes, cars, and get jobs. When the VA and our government fail to pay legitimate bills on time, the Veterans and their families suffer.

    Mr. McDonald, I’ve written to IRIS and contacted the Washington, DC Executive Office many times and haven’t received a letter about the aforementioned issues. However, I did recently meet with staff in the Patient Advocate Office and the Fee Basis Office after filing a complaint with IRIS.

    My unpaid bills go back to 2012 and the latest is from 9/2014. All of the bills were incurred after non-treatment and medical malpractice from the VAMC in Washington, DC and the Fort Belvoir Clinic; causing permanent damage to my person.

    President Obama and Secretary McDonald, on behalf of Veterans and their families, we want results. Immediately.


    Clara C. Martin

  11. bob d. January 9, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    i submitted 2 emails to you and did the funny crap at gate of letter or number
    copied as you wrote it, but neither went thru because your site is screwed up
    because written by a high school drop out instead of by a veteran

    thus you should dump your entire program and go back to square one
    and put some time in military so you could be a vet and thus able
    to op a site on net in a way that conforms to reality

    no, i am not saying you are a dumbass, you already know that


    • dru January 19, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      same with me about my husband’s problem and problem’s we have with getting help from VA in Little Rock and North Little Rock, Arkansas.SO SEE IF THIS GOES THRU

  12. bob d. January 9, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    because our vets while in military made it so no foreign nation could
    conficate usa by war, all vets should be hired and then civilians who
    were never in military can be hired but only until a vet bid for that job
    and then automatically the vet gets the job

    • Doug Cutler January 15, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      I agree that Vets should get first crack at jobs. Instead of those crybabies that went to Canada
      during the draft in the 60’s and came back and got those jobs.

  13. bob d. January 9, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    all usgovt employees shall have served on active duty military for4y

    so that all know usa is a war monger on behalf of its ideals

    and so the govt would be able to be organized automatically by military training

    • Danny January 15, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      I agree with your comment wholeheartedly! Especially the president of the United States should have served in the US military. How can they be the commander in chief and tell our men and women where to go and what to do if they have never worn the uniform? How can they serve in Congress and the Senate, and fully understand their responsibilities if they have never served their country?

      • Danny January 23, 2015 at 11:33 am

        Sometimes my mouth is faster than my brain. I don’t agree that America is a war monger. I love my country! The gov’t -not so much. I had the choice to join the military; unlike many others. As a descendant of the Cherokee people, it was not only my duty but my honor to serve my country.

    • donald hawk 7399 January 15, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      I am opening a cdl training school for commercial truck drivers I checked into the VA and they have a stipulation that
      that you must be in business for two years before you can teach veterans and be approved as an approved vendor for the VA I have not been and instructor for 7 years I would like to talk to someone about possibving the stipulation As I am a veteran myself and would like to put some of please get in touch with me orthese veterans back to work male and female there is department to try and get this youa huge demand for truck drivers this would help a lot of veterans please get in touch with me or direct me to the right department to get this stipulation changed thank you

    • shadowfigure January 15, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      I concur that all politicians should have served in the military. The USA is not a warmonger as it was said. Not everyone in the military wants to go to war. As a combat veteran I was not in agreement with the idea of going to war. However no one forced me to join the military, I joined for my desire to serve and be part of something that was bigger than I was. It is important to know what you are talking about before offering uneducated opinions and speculation. There are over 2 million combat veterans and that would be in agreement with what I stated above.I am very certain that if called upon they would not hesitate to serve if needed. Politicians are just part of the machine we call a country; we just have to take the good with the bad.

      • Danny January 17, 2015 at 8:20 pm

        I got your back brother; & I got America’s back too!

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