Special Report

States With the Most Veterans

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15. West Virginia
> Veteran population: 126,473 (8.8% of adult pop.)
> Veterans who served in US wars after Sept. 11, 2001: 19,690 (15.6% of veterans – 7th lowest)
> Vietnam era veterans: 50,933 (40.3% of veterans – 2nd highest)
> Veteran labor force participation rate: 68.1% – the lowest
> Veterans living in poverty: 9.9% – the highest
> Estimated number of homeless veterans: 137

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14. Delaware
> Veteran population: 66,896 (8.8% of adult pop.)
> Veterans who served in US wars after Sept. 11, 2001: 12,053 (18.0% of veterans – 18th lowest)
> Vietnam era veterans: 25,349 (37.9% of veterans – 15th highest)
> Veteran labor force participation rate: 78.0% – 22nd highest
> Veterans living in poverty: 6.0% – 15th lowest
> Estimated number of homeless veterans: 65

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13. Washington
> Veteran population: 520,226 (8.9% of adult pop.)
> Veterans who served in US wars after Sept. 11, 2001: 124,157 (23.9% of veterans – 11th highest)
> Vietnam era veterans: 185,141 (35.6% of veterans – 19th lowest)
> Veteran labor force participation rate: 78.1% – 21st highest
> Veterans living in poverty: 5.8% – 13th lowest
> Estimated number of homeless veterans: 1,585

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12. Oklahoma
> Veteran population: 266,513 (9.0% of adult pop.)
> Veterans who served in US wars after Sept. 11, 2001: 63,647 (23.9% of veterans – 11th highest)
> Vietnam era veterans: 98,743 (37.0% of veterans – 21st highest)
> Veteran labor force participation rate: 74.4% – 13th lowest
> Veterans living in poverty: 7.2% – 17th highest
> Estimated number of homeless veterans: 280

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11. Arizona
> Veteran population: 496,239 (9.0% of adult pop.)
> Veterans who served in US wars after Sept. 11, 2001: 100,002 (20.2% of veterans – 24th lowest)
> Vietnam era veterans: 190,010 (38.3% of veterans – 11th highest)
> Veteran labor force participation rate: 76.5% – 21st lowest
> Veterans living in poverty: 6.8% – 22nd highest
> Estimated number of homeless veterans: 910

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