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Women Veterans Report

Press Release Number CB17-150

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What was released?

"Characteristics of Female Veterans shows differences between female veterans and nonveterans throughout their working years. This report, uses data from the 2015 American Community Survey to look at three age snapshots, 18 to 34 year olds, 35 to 44 year olds, and 45 to 64 year olds, to determine if female veterans are different from nonveterans as they transition from military to civilian life."

Why is this important?

"Female Veterans are often under-studied in statistical research.  This report attempts to fill that data void. The report shows key differences between female veterans and nonveterans in various stages of their lives and how they change as the women get older."

What did you find?

"The differences between female veterans and nonveterans are most prominent in the early-career age group of 18 to 34 year olds. In this age group, we saw that female veterans were often older, more likely to be married, and more likely to have a child under the age of 18 living at home than their nonveteran counterparts."

"The differences between female veterans and nonveterans were smaller as the women got older. For the mid-career age group of 35 to 44-year-olds, female veterans had very similar rates of having a child under age 18 in the home and being employed to nonveterans in the same age group. The oldest group, women ages 45 to 64, also had similar rates of being employed to their nonveteran counterparts."

"Education differed between female veterans and nonveterans. Early-career veterans were less likely than early-career nonveterans to have completed a college degree. The opposite is true for mid- and late-career women. The older groups had a higher percentage of having completed a Bachelor’s degree or higher than nonveterans in these age groups. "


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