Introduction – Winter 2012

An estimated 43,000 soldiers left Iraq by the end of last year. As they find their way home, many will return to rural areas—an estimated 39 percent of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are from rural areas, and about 41 percent of veterans enrolled with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) live in rural or highly rural areas of the country, according to the VHA Office of Rural Health.

Unfortunately, the average rural veteran in the United States currently travels 63 miles for care. That distance means that many will go without the care they need, or will be able to seek it only sporadically.

In this issue we look at programs that serve rural veterans in their communities, providing veteran housing and care for veterans with PTSD and TBI.


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