Veterans in Travis County
In 2013, 6.2% of Travis County residents were veterans. Although the veteran population is projected to decline, an increasingly large share of veterans are female. Veterans are often married to other veterans or are single parents. Therefore, many veterans need services that support family well-being, including safe, affordable housing and quality, affordable childcare. Area service providers work with veterans and their families to navigate complex federal systems and ensure that they receive all benefits to which they are entitled. Other local efforts aid veterans in coping with mental health and substance use issues, as well as deterring interaction with the criminal justice system. Local providers have also collaborated to provide services that decrease the number of veterans experiencing homelessness.