Eight Interesting, Shocking, or Sad Things You Should Know About Our Veterans
Today is Veterans Day, a chance to honor those who have given their time or their life for the sake of the United States of America. Here are eight important—though not necessarily nice—things to think about when you think about veterans.<
There are approximately 25 million veterans in America today, according to the Vietnam Veterans of America, plus about 37 million dependents of living and deceased veterans. Together, they compose about 20 percent of the United States.
Since October 2001, 1.6 million soldiers have served in either Iraq or Afghanistan. The largest living veteran population is the 7.9 million soldiers who fought in Vietnam, while the National World War II Museum estimates th
The unemployment rate for veterans was 13.3 percent in June 2011, and for males age 18 to 24 who served in the modern era, that rate is even worse: 21.9 percent. To give those figures some context, keep in mind that the national
The poverty rate for veterans climbed to 7 percent in 2010, according to a new Senate report [PDF]. There are now 1.4 million veterans living below the poverty line and 1.4 million others living barely above it. More than 12 percent o
According to estimates by the Veterans Administration, about 107,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. And throughout the course of a year, about twice that many will experience homelessness. Of the homeless veterans, a f
Though the government is trying out new programs to combat post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD remains a problem for tens of thousands of veterans. From 2003 to 2008, 40,000 troops were diagnosed
Besides PTSD, veterans also come home afflicted with serious depression and head injuries. The RAND Corporation found in 2008 that 19 percent of returning U.S. soldiers reported having possibly received a traumatic brain inj
With untreated depression abounding in the veteran community, suicide has become a big problem. In 2009 and 2010, more enlisted soldiers and vets killed themselves than died in combat. The suicide rate among veterans is thre
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