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  1. Veterans are people who served in the military (US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) in times of war or peace.
  2. In 2013 there were 38,140 veterans who served through all the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War eras. Help a veteran share their experience in service to combat feelings of isolation. Sign up for Soldier Statements.
  3. In the United States, Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11 every year, the same day that World War I hostilities formally ended (at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month).
  4. Veterans Day, which pays tribute to all veterans, living or dead, differs from Memorial Day during which we pay tribute to those who lost their lives in combat.
  5. There are currently over 2 million female veterans in the United States.

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  1. 3 states are home to more than a million veterans: California (1.8 million), Florida (1.5 million), and Texas (1.7 million).
  2. The unemployment rate of post-9/11 veterans (aka “Gulf War-era II veterans”) is 6.2%.
  3. Nearly 10 million veterans are age 65 or older.
  4. Veterans make up 12% of the adult homeless population.
  5. 70% of homeless veterans suffer from substance abuse, while 50% experience mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which makes it harder to maintain relationships and hold down a job.
  6. Many homeless veterans end up living on the streets for 8 or 9 times the length of their deployments.

Sources

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    U.S. Census Bureau. “Veterans - Defintions and Concepts.” http://www.census.gov/hhes/veterans/about/definitions.html. May 21, 2013 (accessed Nov 3, 2014).

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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics - Veteran Population.” http://www.va.gov/vetdata/veteran_population.asp. Oct 21, 2014 (accessed Nov 3, 2014).

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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs - Veterans Day.” http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/ (accessed Nov 3, 2014).

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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs - Veterans Day Frequently Asked Questions.” http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetday_faq.asp (accessed Nov 3, 2014).

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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics - Veteran Population.” http://www.va.gov/vetdata/veteran_population.asp. Oct 21, 2014 (accessed Nov 3, 2014).

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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics - Veteran Population.” http://www.va.gov/vetdata/veteran_population.asp. Oct 21, 2014 (accessed Nov 3, 2014).

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    U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Economic News Release - Table A-5. Employment status of the civilian population 18 years and over by veteran status, period of service, and sex, not seasonally adjusted.” http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t05.htm. Oct 3, 2014 (accessed Nov 3, 2014).

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    U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Economic News Release - Table A-5. Employment status of the civilian population 18 years and over by veteran status, period of service, and sex, not seasonally adjusted.” http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t05.htm. Oct 3, 2014 (accessed Nov 3, 2014).

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    National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. “Background and Statistics - FAQ on Homeless Veterans.” http://nchv.org/index.php/news/media/background_and_statistics/ (accessed Nov 3, 2014).

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    National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. “Background and Statistics - FAQ on Homeless Veterans.” http://nchv.org/index.php/news/media/background_and_statistics/ (accessed Nov 3, 2014).

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    Department of Veterans Affairs. “National Survey of Homeless Veterans in 100,000 Homes Campaign Communities.” http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/docs/NationalSurveyofHomelessVeterans_FINAL.pdf Nov 2011 (accessed Nov 3, 2014).

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