Honoring our veterans by the numbers

Contributed Article/Courtesy U.S. Census

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation and a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The ceremony honors and thanks all who served in the U.S. armed forces.

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Veteran Population

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18.0 million

The number of military veterans in the United States in 2018.

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2018 American Community Survey 

1.7 million

The number of female veterans in the United States in 2018.

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2018 American Community Survey 

12.0%

The percentage of veterans in 2018 who were black. Additionally, 76.7 percent were non-Hispanic white, 1.7 percent were Asian, 0.8 % were American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2 % were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 1.4 % were some other race. (The numbers for blacks, non-Hispanic whites, Asians, American Indians, and Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, and some other race cover only those reporting a single race.) 

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2018 American Community Survey 

7.2%

The percentage of veterans in 2018 who were Hispanic. 

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2018 American Community Survey 

50.1%

The percentage of veterans age 65 and older in 2018. At the other end of the age spectrum, 9.1% were younger than age 35. 

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2018 American Community Survey 

More on Veterans

See a detailed profile on the Veteran population from the 2018 American Community Survey. Statistics include:

  • When They Served
  • Demographics – Sex, Age, Race, and Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Median Income
  • Educational Attainment
  • Employment Status
  • Poverty Status
  • Disability Status
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