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Did You Know?

  • An estimated 23.7 million military veterans were living in the United States in 2006.1
  • Since October 2001, approximately 1.64 million U.S. troops have been deployed for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) in Afghanistan and Iraq.2
  • In 2003, an estimated 56.6 percent of veterans used alcohol in the past month, compared with 50.8 percent of comparable non-veterans.3
  • An estimated 340,000 male veterans had co-occurring serious mental illness and a substance use disorder in 2002 and 2003.4
  • Combined data from 2004 to 2006 indicate that an annual average of 7.0 percent of veterans experienced past year serious psychological distress (SPD), 7.1 percent met the criteria for past year substance use disorder (SUD), and 1.5 percent had co-occurring SPD and SUD.5
  • According to the 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 0.8 percent of veterans received specialty treatment for a substance use disorder in the previous year, compared with 0.5 percent of comparable non-veterans.6
  • As of January 2007, more than 200,000 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have been treated at VA medical facilities, and more than one-third of them have been diagnosed with mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse.7
  • Nearly 20 percent of military service members who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan —300,000 in all — report symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder or major depression, yet only slightly more than half have sought treatment.2

Want to Learn More?

Check out SAMHSA’s Office of Applied Studies reports on veterans
to view additional statistical reports relating to veterans & veterans’ health issues.






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