Oregon has one of the largest concentrations of aging veterans in the country, with slightly more than half of the veteran population being age 65 or older. This includes those who served during World War II and Korea, as well as the largest demographic in the state: Vietnam veterans.
These numbers are expected to rise in the coming years, both in Oregon and nationwide. By 2027, a projected 55 percent of the state’s veterans will be over 65. Aging veterans have unique needs and experiences, and the state must be proactive in how we care for this growing population.
Long-term care needs of veterans is a long-term issue. Older veterans and their families will need access to long-term care, home and community based services, prosthetics, physical and mental health care, expanded medical transportation and pharmaceuticals as this trend continues to increase over the next 40 years.
For more information: Benefits & Programs: Long-Term Care
Resources and Information
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Aging Veteran Statistics