The 2009 Census reports 23.2 million living veteran in the United States.
THOSE WHO SERVED
1.8 million are female. 2.3 million are Black. 1.1 million are Hispanic. 463.000 are Asian, Native American Indian, Alaska Native, Hawaiian Native, Other Pacific Native.
18.3 million are White
WHEN THEY SERVED
6 million in peacetime.
2.6 million WWll, with 182,ooo serving in both WWll and Korea
2.8 million Korea, with 245,000 serving in both Korea and Vietnam
7.8 million Vietnam (33%) with 50,000 serving in both Vietnam and Gulf War
5.2 million Gulf War Veterans, with 740,000 serving in both Gulf Wars
There are 5 states with 1 million or more veterans.
Pennslyvania, 1 million. (the only state that officially recognized Vietnam Veterans with a $350 check)
New York, 1 million
Texas, 1.7 million
Florida, 1.7 million
California 2.1 million
There are 5.5 million disabled veterans. 3.4 million are service connected. And 2.9 million receive compensation for service connected disabilities for a total cost of $36.2 billion.
Last year we spent $84.4 billion on veterans benefits programs. $6.3 billion on vocational rehabilitation and related educational programs. $37.0 billion for medical programs.
And $40.2 billion was spent on compensation and pensions.
I often wonder if any nation comes close to our care for veterans. But then with us carrying most the load for cosmic security, I suspect not.
This is one veteran who has nothing but gratitude for the VA Health Care System. We are a lucky lot. Now if we can just not war, we would be pretty flush.