Why We Serve  

There are approximately 31,000 U.S. disabled Veterans who live outside of the United States. The vast majority have a segmented version of health care through the VA. Many of these Veterans are classified by the VA as 50% or more disabled. If they resided in the U.S., they could be entitled to non-service connected disability health care from the VA at no cost; but because they live overseas they do not have access to the same version of care. 

A veteran deserves the same quality of care no matter where they reside. Veterans living abroad continue to pay U.S. taxes, many vote regularly via absentee ballot and with the help of the Internet, stay as informed as many stateside Veterans.

The majority of Americans who decide to live abroad are Veterans. Many have spent a considerable part of their military service abroad; some speak two or more languages and have grown accustomed to life overseas, particularly in the developing world. They become accustomed to these places because of their service to the United States, and the cost of living overseas, including health care, is substantially less than the U.S.

 A  Veterans Administration program called the “ Foreign Medical Program, allows all veterans with service connected disabilities living or traveling abroad abroad access to medical care for that disability. But many other conditions are not covered, this is a stark contrast to the program for veterans who live with in the United States. That is why USDVA was created, USDVA wants to make sure all America’s Veterans have access to the best  quality health care and are treated with the utmost respect and dignity regardless of where they call home. 

Branches of Veterans 

Gender

  • Army 41% 41%
  • Navy 23% 23%
  • Marine Corps 13% 13%
  • Air force 21% 21%
  • Coast Gaurd 2% 2%

Age Range of Veterans

%

18 - 40

%

41 - 60

%

61 & over

Countries in Central America and North America

Costa Rica  (Aprox. 9,000)

Panama   (Aprox. 6,000)

Nicaragua  (Aprox. 4,000)

Ecuador   (Aprox. 4,000)

Colombia   (Aprox. 8,000)

Veterans choose Major cities, mountains and coastal areas

Race

White, not Hispanic  52%

Hispanic  25%

Asian  1%

African American  11%

American Native  1%

Other Races  10%

Countries in Central America and North America

Costa Rica  (Aprox. 9,000)

Panama   (Aprox. 6,000)

Nicaragua  (Aprox. 4,000)

Ecuador   (Aprox. 4,000)

Colombia   (Aprox. 8,000)

Veterans choose Major cities, mountains and coastal areas

Race

White, not Hispanic  52%

Hispanic  25%

Asian  1%

African American  11%

American Native  1%

Other Races  10%

Service Period 

World War II  4%

Vietnam Era  41%

Korea  11%

Gulf War ’90 – ’01   23%

Post 911  21%

US Place of Birth

Texas  14%

California  13%

Illinois  4%

Ohio 5%

Pennsylvania  4%

New York State  11%

South  26%  

Midwest  18%

West  9%

Service Period 

World War II  4%

Vietnam Era  41%

Korea  11%

Gulf War ’90 – ’01   23%

Post 911  21%

US Place of Birth

Texas 14%

California 13%

Illinois 4%

Ohio 5%

Pennsylvania 4%

New York State 11%

South 26%

Midwest 18%

West 9%

Most Prevalent Disabilities of Veterans

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Generalized Chronic Pain

Ischemic Heart Disease

Scars

Degenerative Disc Disease

Lumbosacral or cervical strain

Chronic Lower Back Pain

Paralysis of the Sciatic Nerve

Fibromyalgia

Depression

 

Limitation of motion of the knee

Limitation of motion of the ankle

Hypertensive vascular disease

Traumatic arthritis

Tinnitus

Amputations

Diabetes mellitus

Hearing loss

Migraine

High Blood Pressure

Impairment of the knee