Accessibility for Veterans

Accessibility by the Numbers Veterans with Disabilities Infographic


Veteran Students & Disabilities

  • The Forever GI Bill, passed in 2017, is directly resulting in growing numbers of veterans pursuing higher education.
  • We have 750+ veterans pursuing higher education here at Kent State.
  • WOMEN veterans pursue college at a higher rate than male veterans and non-veteran women peers. There are more than 2 million women veterans in the U.S.
  • 650,000 U.S. Veterans in Higher Ed

Statistics indicate that of the veterans in college: 

  • 85% are 24+ years old
  • 62% are first-generation college students 
  • 47% are married 
  • 47% are parents 
  • 26% have a disability (NCES, 2020)   

Not all service-related disabilities are from direct combat exposure. Many injuries occur during TRAINING EXERCISES, as a result of STRESSFUL DEPLOYMENTS, or other military experiences such as SEXUAL ASSAULT.


  • Service-connected disability listed as a top BARRIER to sense of BELONGING.
  • Disabled veterans struggle in CROWDS and communicating with non-veterans. They have a tendency to SELF-ISOLATE.
  • Veterans have COMPLEX IDENTITIES, often 1st generation college students, working full-time, parenting, or with preexisting learning difficulties or ADHD.
  • Reaching WOMEN requires specific attention, as they are less likely to disclose their veteran status and seek out support services.
  • The majority of disabilities are INVISIBLE: post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, depression, other mental health conditions .
  • Veterans see invisible disabilities as "less serious” than more physically limiting injuries and therefore SEEK LESS SUPPORT.
  • Recognition of a disability by the VETERANS ADMINISTRATION is tedious, often taking 5-12 months or longer.


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