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Veteran Statistics
Oregon Veterans Population


Estimated population by War/Era (Oct. 2014)


​     Estimated ​        KIA
​Veterans living in Oregon ​331,632
​Wartime veterans ​247,358
​Peacetime veterans ​83,054
​Women veterans ​28,324
​Civil War ​Hundreds ​1
​Spanish American War ​1,650 ​65
​World War I (Who served) ​44,166 ​1,066
​World War II (KIA in combat) ​152,000 3,772
​World War II (Living) ​16,178
​Korean War (Who served) ​74,000 ​269
​Korean War (Living) 29,356
Vietnam War Era 119,784 ​   803
Vietnam (Living)                             
  57,000
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Gulf War Era/Pre-9/11 only 
37,765
Gulf War Post-9/11
28,987   
​​Iraq/Afghanistan Theatre of Ops (4) 23,060

Source: US Census, 2014
1)  “Era” service includes those who served in the US Armed Forces anywhere in the world during the specified timeframe.
2)   Veterans serving in more than one war and/or era are counted under each and/or era.
4)   Includes troops deployed after September 2001.


Estimated Oregon Veterans Population by Age
17-44       56,724
45-64   110,328
65-84 139,230
85+ 25,300


Estimated Oregon Veterans Population by County

Baker   1,959
Benton   6,109
Clackamas 35,601
Clatsop   4,298
Columbia   6,048
Coos   8,427
Crook   2,604
Curry    2,998
Deschutes 15,343
Douglas  13,501
Gilliam     238
Grant       767
Harney      910
Hood River    1,672
Jackson 21,079
Jefferson    2,212
Josephine  9,759
Klamath    6,966
Lake      906
Lane 30,519
Lincoln    5,352
Linn 12,248
Malheur   2,472
Marion 25,086
Morrow   1,078
Multnomah  44,378
Polk   7,521
Sherman      287
Tillamook   2,499
Umatilla    6,073
Union    2,507
Wallowa      870
Wasco   3,071
Washington 36,207
Wheeler     225
Yamhill   9,8​41

Estimated Oregon Veterans Population by Ethnicity
Native American/Alaska Native  3,856
Asian 3,115
Black 5,806
Hispanic (any Race) 9,402
Pacific Islander 332
White 309,221
Other Multiple Race 8,156

Source: US Census, 2014

 
Oregon National Guard Members Deployed - By Year    
  Afghanistan   Kuwait Iraq   ISNFZ* Katrina Fires
2002      108       529   1,600
2003        66 1,305      
2004        62 1,396      
2005      127 152   1,930  
2006      942 3      
2007         5 337      
2008        17 39      
2009      111 3,267      
2010      253 549      
​2011 ​     188 ​8
​2012 ​       34               
​2013        ​24 ​19 ​  ​   21​
​2014 ​     785 ​165

* Iraq Southern No Fly Zone (Not officially in Iraq) 

As of Nov. 2013, more than 9,800 Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan since the war began in March 2003. Nearly 14,000 Oregon Soldiers and Airmen have been deployed on active duty stateside and overseas since 2002. 
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Source: Oregon National Guard, Public Affairs 

Conditions Associated with Military Service

Suicide Among Oregon Veterans 
Veterans are twice as likely as non-veterans will die by suicide. Approximately 27 percent of suicides occurred among veterans in Oregon. Of those, 97 percent of veteran suicides were male. 

Overall male veterans had a much higher suicide rate than non-veteran males (45.7 vs. 27.4 per 100,000).
Based on the estimates of veterans in Oregon male suicide rates by age group, there were statistically significant differences in rates of suicide between veterans and non-veterans among ages 18-24, 35-44 and 45-54.  Read VA's 2012 report.
 
Army National Guard Suicides, 2007-11 
 
Minnesota   16
Oregon      16
Missouri      12
Ohio           12
Indiana       11

Veteran Homelessness
Military veterans are much more likely to be homeless than other Americans, according to several early studies by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) supplemental report of Veteran Homelessness in 2009. 
 
There are resources for Oregon veterans. Read more here.
 
VA Estimates of Homelessness Among Veterans 
    • VA reports indicate that on any a single night nearly 58,000 veterans are homeless; 57% were staying in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program; and the remaining 43% were living on the street, in an abandoned building, or unsheltered someplace. 
    • Approximately 12% of all U.S. residents are veterans.
    • About 20% of the male homeless population are veterans.
    • 51% are white males compared to 38% of non-veterans.
    • 50% are age 51 and older and 41% are age 31-50 compared to 19% of non-veterans.
Women Veterans

Women Veterans Population 
It’s estimated there are more than 28,000 women veterans in Oregon.  The total veteran population in the United States and Puerto Rico, as of September 2012, was approximately 24 million. States with the largest number of women veterans were California, Texas,  Florida, Virginia and Georgia. 
See VA Women's Veterans data.

Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

A VA report indicates that when screened by a VA Provider, about 1 of 5  women and nearly 1 in 100 men have experienced some form of MST.  A Pentagon study in 2013 revealed that more than 3,500 troops reported cases of assault in 2012.

In both civilian and military settings, service members can experience a range of unwanted sexual behaviors that they may find distressing. These experiences happen to both women and men. "Military sexual trauma" or MST is the term used by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to refer to experiences of sexual assault or repeated, threatening acts of sexual harassment. 

 

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