- Veterans are people who served in the military (U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) in times of war or peace.
- In the United States, Veteran’s Day is celebrated on November 11th every year.
- Veteran’s 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.
- There are currently 1.8 million female veterans in the United States.
- Britain, France, Australia, and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World War I and II on or near November 11th.
- 5 states are home to more than 1 million veterans: California (2.1 million), Florida (1.7 million), Texas (1.7 million), New York (1 million), and Pennsylvania (1 million).
- The unemployment rate of veterans is 3 percent higher than the rest of the population.
- In 2011 there were 43,942 veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam era.
- One third of the adult homeless population is veterans, and 70 percent of these suffer from substance abuse.
- More than 9 million veterans are over the age of 65.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the leading cause of homelessness and unemployment in veterans.
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Sources: History, Move On