Veterans Day by the Numbers

November 13, 2012

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On November 11, the U.S. celebrated Veterans Day, honoring the brave members of the armed forces. Here we break down the statistics about our nation’s veterans and the contributions they’ve made.

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. This eventually became Veterans Day, which was celebrated as it is today for the first time in 1947. Since then, the country has taken the annual opportunity to remember and thank the courageous men and women of the military, and honor the many sacrifices they’ve made.

Take a look at some of these fascinating statistics that show who our veterans are, where they come from and how they contribute to the health and success of the United States.

21.5 Million Number of military veterans in the United States in 2011 Source: U.S. Census Bureau 5.5 Million Number of veterans with any type of disability in 2008 Source: Ibid. 20 Million Projected number of veterans by 2016 Source: Ibid. 15 Million Projected number of veterans by 2032 Source: Ibid. 5.1 Million Number of veterans living in California, Florida and Texas Source: Ibid. 2.3 Million Number of African-American veterans Source: Ibid. 1.6 Million Number of female veterans Source: Ibid. 27,469 Number of Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander veterans Source: Ibid. 9.2 million Number of veterans 65 and older in 2011 Source: Ibid. 1.8 Million Number of veterans 35 and younger Source: Ibid. 5.1 Million Number of veterans who served during the Gulf War, from Aug. 2, 1990 on, alive in 2011 Source: Ibid. 129,972 Number of veterans who served during both World War II and the Korean War Source: Ibid. 73,681 Number of U.S. service members who went missing in action during World War II who remain unaccounted for Source: CNN.com 3,459 Total number of recipients of the U.S. Medal of Honor, the highest honor for valor in action Source: Ibid. 81 Number of living Medal of Honor recipients Source: Ibid. 92.3% Percentage of veterans 25 and older with a high school diploma or higher in 2011 Source: Ibid. 86% Percentage of the population as a whole with a high school diploma or higher Source: Ibid. 26.3% Percentage of veterans 25 and older with at least a bachelor's degree in 2011 Source: Ibid. 28.5% Percentage of the total population with a bachelor's degree or higher Source: Ibid. $35,821 Annual median income of veterans, in 2011 inflation-adjusted dollars Source: Ibid. $25,811 Annual median income for the population as a whole Source: Ibid. 9.1 Million Number of veterans aged 18 to 64 in the labor force in 2011 Source: Ibid. 9% Percentage of all U.S. non-farm firms that are majority owned by veterans Source: Ibid. 75% Percentage of veteran owners of firms who were 55 or older in 2007 Source: Ibid. 37% Percentage of all owners of firms who were 55 or older in 2007 Source: Ibid. 71% Percentage of veterans who cast a ballot in the 2008 presidential election Source: Ibid. 61% Percentage of all eligible voters who cast a ballot in the 2008 presidential election Source: Ibid. $84.4 Billion Total amount of federal government spending for veterans’ benefits programs in fiscal year 2008 Source: U.S. Census Bureau $40.2 Billion Total amount of federal government spending for veterans’ benefits programs in fiscal year 2008 that went to compensation and pensions Source: Ibid. $37.9 Billion Total amount of federal government spending for veterans’ benefits programs in fiscal year 2008 that went to medical programs Source: Ibid. 1951 The year Clint Eastwood joined the U.S. Army, one of many celebrities to have served in the armed forces, such as Ice-T, Mel Brooks, Elvis Presley, Bill Cosby, Humphrey Bogart, Ted Williams, Rob Riggle, Gene Hackman and Jimmy Stewart Source: Ibid.

 

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