Native American Veterans by the Numbers
In September 2012 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a comprehensive profile of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) veterans. There are currently more than 154,000 AI/AN veterans. Although Native Americans serve in the U.S. Armed Forces at a higher rate per capita than any other ethnic group, the report, titled “American Indian and Alaska Servicemembers and Veterans,” shows that in several key measures AI/AN vets are doing worse off than other vets. Here is a selection of important stats from the VA’s study.