Census Data Can Help WAServes Providers Serve Wartime Veterans
- Census Data for WAServes Counties
- WAServes Clients by Service Era
- WAServes Clients by Gender
The WAServes team created a snapshot of its service area to understand the veteran population in each of its counties. Below is a summary of the Census data for the general and Veterans populations for each county in the WAServes service area.
Using this Census data, WAServes providers can identify segments of the Veteran population that may require different types of services. Understanding these wartime service populations, providers can anticipate benefits, health, or employment services needed by their community in the future. Click here to view. The top five service categories for WAServes assistance are consistently Employment (28%), Housing & Shelter (27%), Benefits (13%), Individual & Family Support (7%), and Legal (6%).
Below are each county’s Veterans by wartime service data as listed by Census Reporter.
WAServes Clients Versus Census Data
66% of WAServes clients prefer not to disclose their location. The following table reflects the counties where WAServes client reside.
53% of WAServes clients are from the Post 9/11 service era, 15% Persian Gulf War, and 17% Post-Vietnam. Only 11% of its clients are from the Vietnam era. According to the Census data, nine out of ten of the WAServes counties have a greater number of Vietnam wartime veterans than Post 9/11 or Persian Gulf War veterans.
The gender of WAServes client reflects the Census data for each county. 9% of WAServes clients are female, consistent with the gender findings in the census data.
While Skagit and Whatcom counties are not officially part of the service area, there are a few providers in those locations that chose to participate in the network. WAServes is committed to better serving veterans and military families in all WAServes counties including Lewis, Island, and Mason counties.