Military service pays, according to a recent Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.
Per a recent report from the nonpartisan center, many economic measures illustrate how veteran households often come out ahead financially compared with civilian counterparts.
Veteran households have higher incomes and are less likely to be in poverty, particularly when comparing data of minority households. Some key reference points from the Pew Research Center article that explains the numbers:
- “The median income is roughly $20,000 higher for households headed by a veteran with a high school diploma, compared with non-veteran households with the same level of education.”
- “In 2017, the poverty rate for non-veteran households was 6.4 percentage points higher than the rate for veteran households (13.0% vs. 6.6%).”
- “In 2017, black veteran households had a poverty rate of 9.6%, versus 23.2% for black non-veteran households, a difference of 13.7 percentage points. The rate for Hispanic veteran households was 7.6%, compared with 18.6% for Hispanic non-veteran households.”
Military Times offers a further breakdown.
Notes From an Expert
“Though the report does not provide the reasons for such differences, military education, leadership/mentorship, self-discipline, cultural structure, and emphasis on personal financial management probably help prepare people for real life’s financial challenges,” said Lt. Col. Shane Ostrom, USAF (Ret), MOAA’s program director for financial and benefits education/counseling and a certified financial planner. “MOAA can help build on that foundation with expertise in areas of specific concern to current, former, and retired servicemembers, and their families.”
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