Thursday, 4/30/15, 12:00am - 12:00am

Veterans Civic Health Index Release

On April 30th, Got Your 6 unveiled the findings of the first-ever Veterans Civic Health Index with special guests U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Over 20 veteran-focused nonprofits and social impact organizations joined the conversation.

When analyzing individuals’ civic engagement profiles, we see that military service positively alters one’s civic health trajectory. The report indicates that veterans strengthen communities by volunteering, voting, engaging in government, helping neighbors, and participating in community organizations—all at higher rates than their civilian counterparts. Just take a look at these statistics:

  • Service: Veteran volunteers serve an average of 160 hours annually – the equivalent of four full workweeks. Civilian volunteers serve about 25% fewer hours annually.
  • Civic Involvement: 18% of veterans are involved in civic groups (versus 5.8% of civilians).
  • Voting: 60% of veterans under 50 vote in local elections, versus 49% of civilians under 50.
  • Community Engagement: Veterans are more likely to fill leadership roles in community organizations, attend community meetings and fix problems in their neighborhoods.
The Veterans Civic Health Index is a first of its kind—and it’s an extension of our work to integrate the idea that veterans are leaders and civic assets and to foster a better understanding of their potential. This report can help facilitate a new dialogue in America, one that explores the unique experiences of America’s veterans, in an effort to foster understanding between veterans and civilians and build stronger communities.

Read the full study with Got Your 6.

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