Veterans' Health Care:

A Profile of Married Veterans Using VA Medical Centers in 1991

HEHS-94-223FS: Published: Aug 26, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 27, 1994.

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GAO provided a profile of married veterans who used the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) medical centers during 1991, focusing on: (1) the percentage of family income attributable to veterans and spouses; and (2) a comparison of married and single veterans' incomes.

GAO found that: (1) about one-third of the married veterans that used VA centers in 1991 had individual incomes of less than $10,000, while about two-thirds of their spouses and single veterans had incomes of less than $10,000; (2) about 20 percent of the married veterans had incomes of over $30,000 compared to about 5 percent of the spouses and single veterans; (3) about 10 percent of married veterans had family incomes of less than $10,000, and 29 percent had family incomes of over $30,000; (4) two-thirds of the married veterans contributed over 60 percent of their family incomes; (5) in general, married veterans with service-connected disabilities had higher incomes than married veterans without service-connected disabilities; (6) about 40 percent of the 2.2 million veterans who used VA medical centers during 1991 received employee compensation; and (7) 8 percent of the veterans had self-employment income and over one-third of those veterans also received employee compensation.

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