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Single parent vets struggle to access post-military benefits

January 24, 2024

Leo Shane III

Military Times

Veteran single parents tend to be better off financially than civilian peers but struggle more than other veterans to get health and education benefits, according to a new study released this week.

Researchers from the RAND Epstein Family Veterans Policy Research Institute said the disparities point to the need for more targeted transition services for single-parent veteran households, including more child care and mental health support.

According to census data from 2020, about 12% of veterans reported being a single parent raising one or more children. That’s a slightly lower rate than the general American population, where roughly 18% of adults reported living as a single parent.

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