Authored By: Iris Garrett
Veterans Day means different things to different people. For some, the day symbolizes the end of a bitter World War filled with service and sacrifice; but to others, it is a day to reflect, celebrate, and pay tribute to not only the fighters of WWI, but to all American veterans, living or dead, for their patriotism both during battle and peace.
Veterans Day began back in 1919, a year after the end of the First World War. It was originally dubbed “Armistice Day” in light of the temporary cease in hostilities that took place between Germany and the Allied Nations in 1918 on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. However, it wasn’t until several years later that November 11th became a national holiday that is observed regardless of what day of the week it falls on.
Advocate Capital, Inc. is thankful to all of America’s veterans for their willingness to serve our country for the greater good. These brave men and women have protected the freedoms and rights we hold dear, and we hope that you will join us in celebrating them not just on Veterans Day, but every day of the year.
Here are a few facts about the current U.S. veteran population as listed on History.com:
- 1 million living veterans served during at least one war.
- 2 million veterans served in peacetime.
- 2 million veterans are women.
- 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975).
- 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.
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