Middle of the Pack (pt. 2 of 2)

Back in December I wrote a blog that detailed our region’s population of military veterans (feel free to catch Pt. 1 here if you missed) – getting into demographic aspects of population, age and eras of service, through levels of education and skill sets.

The data clearly showed several things:

  • Owing to the large installations within NC, we do have a larger than average veteran population within our region when compared to national percentages.

  • Veterans tend to skew older age-wise than the typical civilian population, but our region was slightly atypical for veteran populations with a majority (56%) of our veterans aged 65 or older.

  • Our region’s veterans are contributing economically – showing significantly higher proportions of veterans actively in the workforce and often bringing a higher level of education to their civilian careers and our community.

As HKY4Vets seeks to impact these very numbers positively – more veterans living here after their service, greater education/technical backgrounds available to growing companies in our community, and growing local “ranks “among more recent eras of service (2000 - today) – we pay attention to reports like the one recently released by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) comparing the various veterans’ benefits offered state by state (find the report here).

On sheer quantity of benefits for military veterans to consider remaining or relocating to North Carolina – we come out middle of the pack.

Now, understand “there is considerable variation i