From February 4 to March 13, 2015, the NYC Veterans Alliance and NY MetroVets invited veterans, service members, family members, service providers, and others connected to the veterans’ community in the New York Metropolitan area to take an online survey of their policy priorities for NYC government. The survey was disseminated via email and social media to as many NYC veterans and organizations as possible. In addition to NYC Veterans Alliance and NY MetroVets, organizations like Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Army Week, Women Veterans and Families Network, the Military Resilience Project, and others promoted it to their membership. Several elected officials also distributed the survey to their constituents.
NYC Veterans Community. This is the first survey attempting to reach the estimated 220,000 veterans and service members residing in NYC, as well as their estimated 250,000 spouses, partners, significant others, and close family members. It also attempted to capture the input of service providers who work in the city and the surrounding areas. The survey additionally reached a significant number of veterans and family members who reside outside NYC in Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, but are nevertheless within commuting distance to NYC for work and activities with other veterans. Taken together, veterans, service members, family members, and the many service providers for veterans in NYC may total more than a million people who are impacted by NYC government policies and resources for veterans.
Survey Questions. Survey respondents were asked to identify where they live, their veteran status and other connections and roles within the NYC veterans community, and other characteristics of veteran experience and access to VA healthcare in NYC. The survey also asked respondents to rate sixteen different policy initiatives based on whether they believed the initiative to be essential, very important, moderately important, or not important—or whether they opposed it. They were also given space to write in comments and other ideas. All comments related to survey topics were included in this report.
Survey Responses. A total of 478 responses were collected using Survey Monkey, and all data was anonymous and self-reported by respondents. The only mandatory question was listing residential zip code; all other questions were optional. The results listed here do not note where a respondent may have opted not to answer a question.