Specific Populations

Regardless of the situation, all Veterans deserve to receive compassionate, quality care at the end of life. These special populations are prone to complications so it is important to be informed of their unique needs.  

Homelessness
On any given night, more than 57,000 Veterans are without shelter and lack basic healthcare.

Rural Veterans
Nearly 40% of enrolled Veterans live in areas that are considered rural, where community hospices and VA palliative care programs are not readily available.

Substance Abuse Disorder
Veterans aged 18 to 25 are more likely than older Veterans to have higher rates of substance abuse disorder.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The United States National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R), conducted between February 2001 and April 2003, found that the estimated lifetime prevalence of PTSD among Vietnam Veterans was 30.9% for men and 26.9% for women.

Sexual Trauma
About 1 in 5 women and 1 in 100 men seen in VA facilities respond "yes" when screened for military sexual trauma.

American Indians/Alaska Natives
American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) Veterans have lower incomes, lower educational attainment, and higher unemployment than Veterans of other races.