New Jersey is home to 428,000 veterans, 33,000 of whom are women, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. More than half — or 236,000 — are over the age of 65.
In fiscal year 2013, Veterans Affairs spent $2.1 billion on New Jerseyans. By far the largest portion, or about $1 billion, went to compensation and pension payments. More than 53,000 veterans receive a disability compensation and 3,168 receive a pension. In 2013, there were 2,870 death-pension beneficiaries.
The second-largest category of spending is medical care, with $784 million being spent on about 77,114 patients. There are 146,348 New Jersey vets enrolled in the VA health system, which consists of two hospitals and 15 community health outpatient centers.
The last large amount of spending was in educational and vocational rehabilitation and employment services. The VA spent $214,000 in 2013 on those services.