Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day FACTS


My first boat
My second boat
Those were some good times!.....And some bad.

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1918. Its purpose: to commemorate the end of World War I. First proclaimed by Congress in 1926 and each year thereafter, Armistice Day became “Veterans Day” in 1954 as a result of legislation signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The name was changed to honor all who served the nation in wars or conflicts. Veterans Day has been observed annually on this date since 1978, except for a brief period when it was celebrated on the fourth Monday of October.

24.9 million The number of military veterans in the United States.(From the upcoming Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2004-2005.)

1.7 millionThe number of veterans who are women. (From the upcoming Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2004-2005.)

9.7 million The number of veterans who are age 65 or over. (From the upcoming Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2004-2005.)

2.4 millionThe number of black veterans. Additionally, 1.1 million veterans are Hispanic; 272,000 are Asian; 159,000 are American Indian or Alaska native; and 30,000 are native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander. (The numbers for blacks, Asians, American Indians and Alaska natives and native Hawaiians and other Pacific islanders cover only those reporting a single race.)

8.2 millionNumber of Vietnam-era veterans. Vietnam veterans account for more than 3-in-10 veterans, the largest share of any period of service. The next largest share of wartime veterans, 4.4 million or nearly 2-in-10, served during World War II. (From the upcoming Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2004-2005.)

16% Percentage of Persian Gulf War veterans who are women. In contrast, women account for 5 percent of World War II vets, 3 percent of Vietnam vets and 2 percent of Korean War vets. (From the upcoming Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2004-2005.)381,000Number of veterans who served during both the Vietnam era and the Desert Storm era (August 1990 or later).

In addition, 429,000 veterans served during both the Korean War and the Vietnam conflict.
143,000 served during three periods: World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam conflict.
498,000 served in World War II and the Korean War.

6Number of states with 1 million or more veterans. These states are California (2.3 million), Florida (1.8 million), Texas (1.7 million), New York (1.2 million), Pennsylvania (1.2 million) and Ohio (1.1 million). (From the upcoming Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2004-2005.)
$20.8 billion Aggregate amount of money received annually by the 2.5 million veterans receiving compensation for service-connected disabilities. (From the upcoming Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2004-2005.)

$56.9 billionTotal amount of federal government spending for veterans benefits programs in fiscal year 2003. (From the upcoming Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2004-2005.)

The Medal Of Honor
Among those remembered at Veterans Day ceremonies, will be the select few who have received the nation's highest military decoration the Medal of Honor. One woman is on that list Mary Walker, cited for heroism in the Civil War by Generals William T. Sherman and George Thomas. As the first woman surgeon in the U.S. Army, she was often exposed to great danger operating, as battles raged. Walker not only tended Union troops but crossed lines to help wounded Confederates as well and, at one point, was captured and made a prisoner of war. Today in the U.S., nearly one-third of the 825,000 active medical doctors are women.

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