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Work-related Disability, Veteran Status, and Poverty: Implications for Family Well-being

April 2011

Andrew S. London, Syracuse University , Colleen M. Heflin, University of Missouri-Columbia, and Janet M. Wilmoth, Syracuse University

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We examine the interrelationships between work-related disability, veteran, and poverty statuses using data from the 1992-2004 panels of the Survey of Income and Program Participation. We find that households with non-disabled veterans present have a lower likelihood of poverty, but that advantage is severely eroded when the veteran or another family member has a work-limiting disability. Nevertheless, all veteran households have substantially lower odds of poverty than disabled nonveteran households, which have the highest poverty rate (32.53%). Veteran and disability statuses interact at the household level in ways that contribute to substantial variability in household-level poverty, which has implications for all household members.

Health, Health Insurance, and Health Care, Poverty Trends and Measurement