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WV Veterans Statistics

West Virginia Statistics from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (FY 2013)

General Information – West Virginia

  • Number of veterans: 173,389
  • VA expenditures in West Virginia: $1.6 billion
    • Compensation and pensions: $626 million
    • Medical and construction programs: $660 million
    • Insurance and indemnities: $9.9 million
    • General operating expenses: $262 million
  • Number of veterans receiving disability compensation or pension payments: 33,341
  • Number of West Virginians using GI Bill® or other VA education benefits: 22,130
  • Number of home loans in West Virginia backed by VA guarantees: 2,465
  • Value of West Virginia home loans guaranteed by VA: $453 million
  • Number of VA life insurance policies held by West Virginia residents: 6,559
  • Value of VA life insurance policies held by West Virginia residents: $75 million
  • Number of West Virginia participants in VA vocational rehabilitation: 756
  • Number of veterans buried in West Virginia’s VA national cemeteries: 269
  • Number of headstones and markers provided for graves of West Virginia veterans and survivors: 3,222

Health Care (General)

One of the most visible of all VA benefits is health care . VA operates more than 1,700 sites of care, including 150 hospitals (or medical centers), 985 outpatient clinics, 300 Vet Centers, 70 Mobile Vet Centers, 135 community living centers (formerly, nursing homes), and 104 residential rehabilitation treatment programs. In 2013, VA treated more than six million patients during 86 million outpatient visits and nearly 700,000 inpatient admissions. VA is taking advantage of new technologies to expand access to care. For example, VA telehealth programs – the largest and most comprehensive in the nation – are turning veterans’ homes and communities into preferred sites of care.  In 2013, VA’s telehealth programs provided care to more than 600,000 veterans in more than 1.7 million episodes of care.  Outreach using mobile health clinics and rural health care partnerships is expanding access to veterans in rural areas like never before.

Health Care - West Virginia

Disabilities and Pensions (General)

Not all military service-related issues end when people are discharged from active duty. About 3.7 million veterans received monthly VA disability compensation in 2013 for medical conditions related to their service in uniform. VA pensions went to about 308,000 wartime veterans with limited means.

Disabilities and Pensions - West Virginia 

  • Number of veterans receiving monthly disability compensation: 30,395
  • Number of VA pensions to veterans in West Virginia: 2,946
  • Number of disability compensation claims processed: 8,635