Aging Veterans

Aging Veterans

According to U.S. census data, approximately 67% of NYC veterans served during eras spanning World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. An additional 15% of NYC veterans served during the Cold War period between the Vietnam War and 1990.This means that at least 82% of NYC veterans left the service more than 25 years ago, and can be assumed to be nearing or over the age of 50. Aging veterans are the large majority of NYC’s veterans, and NYC’s unique urban environment presents needs and challenges that in too many cases go unmet by existing VA and NY State benefits and services. NYC provides an array of services for its aging population, but these services have no programmatic integration of veteran-specific resources and solutions. These needs will also only increase in the near future. The NYC Veterans Alliance has called for increased attention to the specific needs of our aging veterans population, and inclusion of pre-9/11 veterans in services and resources offered by nonprofit and government entities. 

Below are the most recent posts, statements, and recommendations the NYC Veterans Alliance has made on this issue:

 

Aging New Yorkers are eligible for numerous NYC services, although in most cases aging NYC veterans are not tracked or treated differently because of their military service, even if they have specific needs and conditions as a result of their service. A total of 88.52% of respondents indicated that they view this as either essential or very important.


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