VA Benefits Spending By State  ►   Data for 2013

 

If you're a veteran and rely on benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where you live may have an effect on whether you receive the benefits you've earned.  The VA has a hard time explaining why there are such huge disparities on Vet benefits spending across the nation. And when the agency's data are published, a VA official says, they can count on angry calls from the congressional offices of whichever state ranks last in terms of dollars per veteran.  Below is a breakdown by state of what was spent in 2013. Refer to http://www.va.gov/vetdata/Expenditures.asp for previous years back to 1999 along with how it was spent each year, VA says the data don't show the full picture because there are too many unknowns only 9 million vets use the VA out of 22 million total veterans. They move around, sometimes disappearing off the VA's radar for decades, and then they walk back in the door. The numbers are also driven by where vets choose to retire, and by each state's efforts to educate veterans about the benefits and services available.

 

      State                                        Spending Per Vet      Vets as a Share of the Population 

West Virginia

$7,689

10%

Arkansas

$7,626

10%

New Mexico

$7,462

10%

South Dakota

$7,295

10%

Oklahoma

$7,172

10%

Nebraska

$7,044

9%

California

$6,890

6%

Oregon

$6,859

10%

Nevada

$6,816

10%

Texas

$6,780

8%

Alabama

$6,719

10%

Maine

$6,694

11%

Florida

$6,677

9%

South Carolina

$6,676

10%

Alaska

$6,620

12%

Rhode Island

$6,531

8%

North Carolina

$6,440

9%

Kentucky

$6,438

9%

Mississippi

$6,340

8%

Hawaii

$6,302

10%

Montana

$6,287

10%

Louisiana

$6,257

8%

Tennessee

$6,237

9%

Minnesota

$6,207

8%

New York

$6,191

5%

Colorado

$6,190

10%

Massachusetts

$6,186

6%

U.S. average

$6,088

8%

Wyoming

$5,925

11%

Georgia

$5,885

9%

Arizona

$5,860

10%

North Dakota

$5,793

9%

Missouri

$5,715

9%

Wisconsin

$5,715

8%

Vermont

$5,508

8%

Utah

$5,493

7%

New Hampshire

$5,474

10%

Maryland

$5,465

9%

Virginia

$5,437

11%

Washington

$5,414

10%

Kansas

$5,409

9%

Idaho

$5,261

10%

Connecticut

$5,085

7%

Illinois

$5,082

7%

Iowa

$5,056

9%

Ohio

$5,019

9%

Michigan

$5,001

8%

Indiana

$4,935

8%

Pennsylvania

$4,797

8%

Delaware

$4,587

10%

New Jersey

$4,480

6%

Notes

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spending figures include only categories that go directly to veterans (such as medical, compensation or education benefits) and exclude capital expenses (such as facilities and new construction).

 

[Source: NPR | Robert Benincasa & Alyson Hurt | Jan. 13, 2014 ]