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Good to Know: 15 Facts about United States Veterans

April 13, 2017

Good to Know: 15 Facts about United States Veterans

How much do you know about the 19 million Veterans in our country today? Here are 15 staggering and important facts about our heroes:

1. 6.6% of veterans that were born in the United States were from Pennsylvania. This is the third-highest percentage in the country.

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2. Veterans own 9% of the businesses in the United States.

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3. The highest award given for heroism during times of conflict, the Medal of Honor, had been so far awarded to a total of 3,460 male veterans and one female veteran.

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4. Veterans' Day is celebrated on November 11 every year in the United States. This is the same day that World War I hostilities ended formally (at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month).

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5. Nearly 10 million of all veterans are 65 years and older.

6. Due to unemployment and poverty, 1.4 million Veterans are at risk of homelessness.

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7. A veteran commits suicide every 65 minutes.

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8. 50% of post-deployment medical visits of Veterans involve musculoskeletal pain.

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9. 14% of Veterans say that depression and PTSD are factors seriously impairing their daily functioning.

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10. More than 1,500 of those who recently returned are amputees.

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11. Veterans are more likely to have graduated from high school than the average American. But they are less likely to go to college.

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12. There are more than 5.5 million U.S. veterans living with a disability.

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13. Women veterans are four times more likely to be homeless than male veterans. In fact, they are the ones who return from service with trauma of all kinds and unemployment.

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14. Cities where living veterans have high percentages of the population are as follows:

Killeen, Texas (28.9 percent of the population), Jacksonville, N.C. (22.6 percent of the population), Clarksville, Tenn. (24 percent of the population), Hampton, Va. (20.9 percent of the population), and Fayetteville, N.C. (22.1 percent of the population).

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15. The first war wherein most soldiers died from battle rather than other causes was in World War II.

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Sources: Census Bureau veterans infographic, Census Bureau Memorial Day infographic, National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, American Community Survey brief on veterans

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