Current Veterans Statistics

Veteran Population:
  • Total population of Veterans in Florida (FL): 1,650,900.
  • About 11% of the civilian population over 18.
  • This is the third largest population of veterans in the nation.
    • Wartime Veterans in FL: 1,229,100.
    • Males: 1,510,600 Female: 140,300
    • Disabled veterans: 235,000.
    • 65 and older: 743,000.
  • Veterans in the 23rd Congressional District of FL: 33,892.
    • The number of veterans in the 23rd Congressional District of Florida has been on a constant decline.
Source: VetPop2007 (Department of Veterans Affairs). As of September 30, 2010.

Troops Deployed:
  • As of March 31, 2011, there are 24,063 U.S. Troops from Florida that are currently deployed.
  • Since September 2001, 218,311 U.S Troops from Florida have been deployed.
  • Since September 2001, 25,809 U.S. National Guard and Reserve Troops from Florida have been deployed.
Source: Department of Defense.

Military Casualties:
  • Troops from FL killed in Operation Enduring Freedom: 119
  • Troops from FL killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom: 187
  • Troops from FL killed in Operation New Dawn: 3
  • Total of FL troops killed since 2001: 309
    • Troops from FL wounded in Operation Enduring Freedom: 685
  • Troops from FL wounded in Operation Iraqi Freedom: 1423
  • Troops from FL wounded in Operation New Dawn: 14
    • Total of FL troops wounded since 2001: 2122
Source: Department of Defense. As of October 3, 2011.

Veterans' Benefits:

  • 8,493,700 veterans received benefits or services from the VA in FY 2008, which is approximately 36% of the total estimated living veteran population in the United States.
  • Of the 8,493,700 veterans using VA programs in FY 2008, approximately 68% (5,756,800) received service from only one program.
    • Approximately 33% came to the VA for health care services only.
    • The next largest group of single-program users came to the VA for Loan Guaranty (11%), followed by Compensation payments (10%).
    • The smallest user group came for the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program (less than 1%).
      • The Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs helped Florida's veterans obtain nearly $347,711,507 million in federal veterans' benefits in FY 2009-2010.
      • Children and Spouses of deceased or disabled veterans received $1,917,829 in FY 2009-2010.
Source: Department of Veterans Affairs and Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs