Veteran’s Day is a holiday to say thank you to our men and women who served and are still serving in the military. November 11 was picked to remember the end of World War I in 1926. Other countries also remember November 11, France, Britain, Australia and Canada.
Due to the web site, http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/veterans-day-facts,
- There are 21 million military veterans in the USA
- 16.1 million living veterans served during at least one war.
- 5.2 million veterans served in peacetime.
- 2 million veterans are women.
- 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975).
- 5.5 million veterans served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present).
- Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II (1941-1945), about 620,000 are still alive.
- 2 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953).
- 6 million veterans served in peacetime.
- As of 2014, 2.9 million veterans received compensation for service-connected disabilities.
- As of 2014, 3 states have more than 1 million veterans in among their population: California (1.8 million), Florida (1.6 million), Texas (1.7 million).
- The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled vets.
Let’s don’t forget our military. Say thank you to someone you see in uniform or wearing a cap that has the name of the war they fought in.