Focus on Vets

Focus on Vets

Veterans in Financial Hardship

Because U.S. military veterans have served and sacrificed for this country, there is a national sense of responsibility to ensure that their basic needs are met. And overall, veterans have fared better economically than nonveterans. Yet not everyone has been included in that trend: In 2019, a substantial 128,525 thousand veterans — 32% — still struggled to make ends meet in Tennessee.

According to the outdated Federal Poverty Level (FPL), 7% of veterans in TN lived in poverty in 2019. But United For ALICE data shows that another 24% — more than three times as many — were also struggling, in households that earned above the FPL but less than what it costs to afford the basics. These households are ALICE: A sset L imited, I ncome C onstrained, E mployed.

Combining families in poverty and those who are ALICE, nearly one-third (32%) of all veterans lived in a household with income below the ALICE Threshold in 2019, struggling to afford essentials in the communities where they lived.

The link below offers a more detailed view of veterans experiencing financial hardship.


Follow this link to the National ALICE Veterans' page with document downloads, interactive local
maps, research briefs, state comparisons, infographics, data dashboards, resources, and more.