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Veterans Health

A disproportionate share of veterans live in rural America. According to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Rural Health (ORH), of the nearly 20 million veterans in the United States, 4.4 million live in rural America. 2.7 million, or 61%, of these rural veterans are enrolled in the Veteran Affairs (VA) healthcare system, with 54% of rural enrolled veterans 65 years and older, and 60% affected by a service-related condition. Veterans living in rural areas may have difficulty accessing health services for reasons similar to other rural residents. Some rural veterans face poverty, homelessness, and substance use disorder, which can exacerbate their health issues.

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