ALICE In Focus Series
Veterans in Financial Hardship
Because U.S. military veterans have served and sacrificed for this country, there is a national sense of responsibility to ensure that their basic needs are met. And overall, veterans have fared better economically than nonveterans. Yet not everyone has been included in that trend: In 2019, a substantial 4.6 million veterans — 27% — still struggled to make ends meet across the U.S.
According to the outdated Federal Poverty Level (FPL), 6% of veterans in the U.S. lived in poverty in 2019. But United For ALICE data shows that another 21% — more than three times as many — were also struggling, in households that earned above the FPL but less than what it costs to afford the basics. These households are ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
Combining families in poverty and those who are ALICE, more than one-quarter (27%) of all veterans lived in a household with income below the ALICE Threshold in 2019, struggling to afford essentials in the communities where they lived.
The tabs below offer a more detailed view of veterans experiencing financial hardship.
Committees for ALICE in Focus: Veteran
Members of the following committees advised in the creation and presentation of materials for ALICE in Focus: Veterans. Committee members represent a range of organizations including academic institutions, advocacy groups, research organizations, and government agencies, and were invited to participate based on their expertise in issues related to veterans and financial hardship.