FACTS AND FIGURES ABOUT VETERANS

Forwarded by E. G. Shuler, Jr.

The origin of Veterans Day began under the name of Armistice Day, to commemorate the end of World War I on 11 November 1918, and honor America’s participants in that great conflict. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislative act that changed the name to VETERANS DAY and honored those who served in ALL of this nation’s wars or conflicts.

The following estimates are from the Census Bureau’s 2006 edition of the Statistical Abstract of the United States:

24,500,000 - Total military veterans in the United States
9,500,000 - Are age 65 or older
3,900,000 - Served in WWII
8,200,000 - Served in Vietnam
376,000 - Served in both WWII and Korea
107,000 - Served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam
383,000 - Served in both Korea and Vietnam
432,000 - Served in both Vietnam and Gulf
1,700.000 - are female: 5% WWII/, 2% Korea, 3% Vietnam, 16% Persian Gulf
2,300,000 - Are of Black ancestry
185,000 - Are of American Indian and Alaskan native ancestry
276,000 - Are of Asian ancestry
1,100,000 - Are of Hispanic ancestry
25,000 - Are of Hawaiian and other Pacific island ancestry

States with more than a million veterans:
2.3 million - in California
1.8 million - in Florida
1.7 million - in Texas
1.2 million - in New York
1.1 million - in Ohio
1.1 million - in Pennsylvania

Veterans receiving compensation for service-connected disabilities - 2.6 million

Aggregate amount of money received annually - $22.4 billion

FY 2004 federal spending for veteran’s benefits programs - $59.6 billion.