It’s Veterans’ Day
Today, the 11th day of the 11th month is Veterans’ Day, a day we salute veterans of our armed forces and thank them for their service. Originally know as “Armistice Day” in recognition of the ending of World War One the date was re-named “Veterans’ Day” in 1954 to include those who served during World War Two and Korea. Here are some interesting facts about our veterans.
21.5 million –The number of military veterans in the United States
1.6 million –The number of female veterans
7.5 million–Number of Vietnam-era veterans. 5.1 million served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present)
26.3%–Percent of veterans 25 and older with at least a bachelor’s degree
92.3%–Percent of veterans 25 and older with a high school diploma or higher
3.5 million–Number of veterans with a service-connected disability rating. Of this number, 810,245 have a rating of 70 percent or higher. Severity of one’s disability is scaled from 0 to 100 percent and eligibility for compensation depends on one’s rating.
Take a moment today and thank a vet for his or her service. Their efforts and sacrifices in helping up maintain our freedoms are, indeed, priceless.