Black veterans have more severe injuries from their service

Veterans are assigned a "disability rating" to determine how much a service-related injury affects their earning ability and the benefit they should therefore receive. The higher the rating, the more severe a veteran's disability. Black veterans are more likely to sustain severe injuries during their service—45% of injured black veterans have a disability rating of at least 50%, compared with 38% for white veterans.

Black/African American

White

30.9% of black

veterans have a

disability rating of

70% or higher

40% of veterans

30%

20%

10%

0%

10-20%

30-40%

50-60%

70%+

VA service-connected disability rating

Black/African American

White

30.9% of black

veterans have a

disability rating of

70% or higher

40% of veterans

30%

20%

10%

0%

10-20%

30-40%

50-60%

70%+

VA service-connected disability rating

Black/African American

White

40% of veterans

30.9% of black

veterans have a

disability rating of

70% or higher

30%

20%

10%

0%

10-20%

30-40%

50-60%

70%+

VA service-connected disability rating