Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary
of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday
beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to
honor those who served in all American wars. The day has evolved into also honoring living military veterans with parades
and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery
in Virginia. 23.6 million The number of military veterans in the United States in 2007. Source: Table 502, Statistical
Abstract of the United States: 2009 Female Veterans 1.8 million The number of female veterans in 2007. Source: Table
502, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2009 16% Percentage of Gulf War veterans in 2007 who were women. Source:
Table 503, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2009 Race and Hispanic Origin 2.4 million The number of black
veterans in 2007. Additionally, 1.1 million veterans were Hispanic; 278,000 were Asian; 165,000 were American Indian or Alaska
Native; 27,000 were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; and 18.7 million were non-Hispanic white. (The numbers for
blacks, Asians, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, and non-Hispanic whites
cover only those reporting a single race.) Source: 2007 American Community Survey -2- When They Served 9.3 million The
number of veterans 65 and older in 2007. At the other end of the age spectrum, 1.9 million were younger than 35. Source: Table
503, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2009 7.9 million Number of Vietnam-era veterans in 2007. Thirty-three
percent of all living veterans served during this time (1964-1975). In addition, 5 million served during the Gulf War (representing
service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present); 2.9 million in World War II (1941-1945); 3 million in the Korean War (1950-1953);
and 6.1 million in peacetime. Source: Table 503, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2009 358,000 In 2007, number
of living veterans who served during both the Vietnam and Gulf War eras. Other living veterans in 2007 who served during
two or more wars: * 315,000 served during both the Korean and Vietnam wars. *
69,000 served during three periods: World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
● 263,000 served during World War II and the Korean War. Source: 2007 American Community
Survey Where They Live 5 Number of states with 1 million or more veterans in 2007. These states are California (2.1
million), Florida (1.7 million), Texas (1.7 million), New York (1.1 million) and Pennsylvania (1.1 million). Source: Table
502, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2009 Education 25% Percent of veterans 25 and older with at least a
bachelor’s degree in 2007. Source: 2007 American Community Survey 90% Percent of veterans 25 and older with a
high school diploma or higher in 2007. Source: 2007 American Community Survey -3- Income and Poverty $36,053 Annual
median income of veterans, in 2007 inflation-adjusted dollars. Source: 2007 American Community Survey 5.7% Percentage
of veterans living in poverty, as of 2007. The corresponding rate for nonveterans was 12 percent. Source: 2007 American Community
Survey On the Job 10.7 million Number of veterans 18 to 64 in the labor force in 2007. Source: 2007 American Community
Survey $32,217 Earnings for women veterans, higher than the $27,272 for women civilians with no military experience.
Source: Exploring the Veteran-Nonveteran Earning Differential in the 2005 American Community Survey <http://www.census.gov/PressRelease/www/releases/archives/women/012062.html> $42,128 Earnings for male veterans, higher than the $39,880 for nonveterans. Source: Exploring the
Veteran-Nonveteran Earning Differential in the 2005 American Community Survey <http://www.census.gov/PressRelease/www/releases/archives/women/012062.html> Women veterans were more likely to work 35 or more hours per week (84.3 percent vs. 77.6 percent),
to work at least 50 weeks per year (73.1 percent vs. 71.6 percent) and to work in public administration (16 percent vs. 4.8
percent) than nonveterans. Source: Exploring the Veteran-Nonveteran Earning Differential in the 2005 American Community Survey <http://www.census.gov/PressRelease/www/releases/archives/women/012062.html> -4- Disabilities 6 million Number of veterans with a disability. Source: 2007 American Community
Survey Voting 17.4 million Number of veterans who voted in the 2004 presidential election. Seventy-four percent of
veterans cast a ballot, compared with 63 percent of nonveterans. Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of November
2004 <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/voting/006562.html> 14 million Number of veterans who voted in the 2006 congressional election. Sixty-one percent of veterans
cast a ballot, compared with 46 percent of nonveterans. Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2006 <http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/voting/012234.html> Business Owners 14.5% Percentage of owners of firms responding to the 2002 Survey of Business Owners
who were veterans. Veteran business owners comprised an estimated 3 million of the 20.5 million owners represented by survey
respondents. Source: Characteristics of Veteran-Owned Businesses: 2002 <http://www.census.gov/PressRelease/www/releases/archives/business_ownership/010337.html> 68% Percentage of veteran owners of respondent firms who were 55 and older. This compares with 31
percent of all owners of respondent firms. Similarly, in 2002, 55 percent of veteran-owned respondent firms with employees
reported that their businesses were originally established, purchased or acquired before 1990, compared with 36 percent of
all employer respondent firms. Source: Characteristics Veteran-Owned Businesses: 2002 and Characteristics of Veteran Business
Owners: 2002 <http://www.census.gov/PressRelease/www/releases/archives/business_ownership/010337.html> -5- 7% Percentage of veteran business owners of respondent firms who were disabled as the result of
injury incurred or aggravated during active military service. Source: Characteristics of Veteran-Owned Businesses: 2002 and
Characteristics of Veteran Business Owners: 2002 <http://www.census.gov/PressRelease/www/releases/archives/business_ownership/010337.html> Benefits 2.7 million Number of veterans who received compensation for service-connected disabilities
as of 2006. Their compensation totaled $28.2 billion. Source: Tables 505 and 506, Statistical Abstract of the United States:
2009 $72.8 billion Total amount of federal government spending for veterans benefits programs in fiscal year 2006. Of
this total, $34.6 billion went to compensation and pensions, $33.7 billion for medical programs and the remainder to other
programs, such as vocational rehabilitation and education. Source: Table 505, Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2009 Following
is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features series: African-American History
Month (February) Labor Day Super Bowl Grandparents Day Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 -
Oct. 15) Women’s History Month (March) Unmarried and Single Americans Week Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/ Halloween
(Oct. 31) St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month Asian/Pacific American Heritage
Month (May) (November) Older Americans Month (May) Veterans Day (Nov. 11) Cinco de Mayo (May 5) Thanksgiving Day Mother’s
Day The Holiday Season (December) Hurricane Season Begins (June 1) Father’s Day The Fourth of July (July 4) Anniversary
of Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26) Back to School (August)
Editor’s note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be
subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before
an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census
Bureau’s Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; fax: 301-763-3762; or e-mail: <email@example.com>.
November 10, 2006
Some interesting Census Bureau facts related to Veterans' Day
To: National Desk
Contact: Census Bureau, 301-763-3030
WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The following
are "Facts for Features" from the U.S. Census Bureau on Veterans Day 2006:
Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day"
on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance,
and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change
the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day has evolved into also honoring living
military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns
at Arlington National Cemetery.
24.5 million -- The number of military veterans in the United States in 2004. See Table
509, 2006 edition, at http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/national_security_veterans_affairs/
million -- The number of female veterans in 2004. See Table 509, 2006 edition, at http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/national_security_veterans_affairs/
percent -- Percentage of Persian Gulf War veterans in 2004 who were women. See Table 510, 2006 edition, at http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/national_security_veterans_affairs
and Hispanic Origin
2.4 million -- The number of black veterans in 2005. Additionally, 1.1 million veterans are Hispanic,
293,000 are Asian, 170,000 are American Indian or Alaska Native, and 28,000 are Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.
(The numbers for blacks, Asians, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders cover
only those reporting a single race.) (From AmericanFactFinder.)
When They Served
9.5 million -- The number of
veterans age 65 or older in 2004. See Table 510, 2006 edition, at http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/national_security_veterans_affairs/
million -- Number of Vietnam-era veterans in 2004. Thirty- three percent of all veterans served in Vietnam. See Table 510,
2006 edition, at http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/national_security_veterans_affairs/>
3.9 million -- Number
of World War II veterans in 2004. Sixteen percent of all veterans served during World War II. See Table 510, 2006 edition,
412,000 -- In 2005, number of living
veterans who served during both the Vietnam era and in the Gulf War.
Other living veterans in 2005 who served in two
or more wars:
1. 343,000 served during both the Korean and Vietnam wars.
2. 80,000 served during three periods:
World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War.
3. 306,000 served in World War II and the Korean War. (Source: AmericanFactFinder.)
6 -- Number of states with 1 million or more veterans in 2004. These states are California (2.3 million),
Florida (1.8 million), Texas (1.7 million), New York (1.2 million), Pennsylvania (1.1 million) and Ohio (1.1 million). See
Table 509, 2006 edition, at http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/national_security_veterans_affairs/
million -- Number of veterans enrolled in college, as of the 2001-2002 school year. http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/education/007383.html
percent -- Percent of veterans 25 years and over with at least a bachelor's degree in 2005. (Source: AmericanFactFinder.)
percent -- Percent of veterans 25 years and over with a high school diploma or more in 2005. (Source: AmericanFactFinder.)
$33,973 -- Annual median income of veterans, in 2005 inflation-adjusted dollars. (Source: AmericanFactFinder.)
percent -- Poverty rate for veterans, as of 2005. (Source: AmericanFactFinder.)
On the Job
11.3 million -- Number
of veterans ages 18 to 64 in the labor force in 2005. (Source: AmericanFactFinder.)
17.4 million -- Number
of veterans who voted in the 2004 presidential election. Seventy-four percent of veterans cast a ballot, compared with 63
percent of nonvets. http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/voting/006562.html
percent -- Percentage of business owners who were veterans, as of 2002. Seventy-three percent of these veteran owners operated
with no paid employees. http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/business_ownership/007537.html
percent -- Percentage of veteran business owners who were disabled as a result of injury incurred or aggravated during active
military service. http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/business_ownership/007537.html
billion -- Aggregate amount received in fiscal year 2004 by the 2.6 million living veterans receiving compensation for service-connected
disabilities. See Table 512 and 513, 2006 edition, at http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/national_security_veterans_affairs/
billion -- Total amount of federal government spending for veterans benefits programs in fiscal year 2004. See Table 512,
2006 edition, at http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/national_security_veterans_affairs/
note: Some of the preceding data were collected in surveys and, therefore, are subject to sampling error. Questions or comments
should be directed to the Census Bureau's Public Information Office: telephone: 301- 763-3030; fax: 301-457-3670; or e-mail:
Our Protectors, Our Veterans
The lives of some known and many not, have touched us. There's little difference than found in any
other war, with caskets holding their bodies, now come home they to rest. They were our protectors, it is their duty they
have done, and they did their best, and again, lives of some known and many not, have touched us. How many times has the "story
of stories" been repeated, by millions of families throughout the ages since first spoken? "He gave His only Begotten Son",
rings on and on. May that sacrifice never be forgotten. Likewise, millions of other sons and daughters have been given, as
our Protectors, in their service; to God, to country, to family, to community. They, too, gave up their begotten children,
their loved ones, for us, for all of us, to never be forgotten. As was His sacrifice, is theirs, our protectors, for the ever
living hope of futures bright, we join in humble gratitude, to honor and to comfort all who need. May our protectors, our
veterans, never be forgotten.
In addition to the horrors and ravages of war itself, during each era of our protectors, our veterans,
have had to face such issues as we have seen; issues such as radiation, psychedelics, agent orange, chemicals, biological
agents and unproven experimental vaccines. It is my belief that it is our ultimate responsibility to do what we can to minimize
these types of issues that were unnecessary to have occurred in the first place. We owe our protectors this, too, for all
current and future generations. If we do not protect our protectors, our veterans, who indeed, will protect them?
The health and well being issues of our protectors, our veterans of all eras and of the reserves,
guards, and active duty military of today are real. This should be our focus, this should be our purpose, this should be our
commitment, and this is what we owe to our protectors, our veterans.
If we do not protect our protectors, our veterans, who indeed will protect us?
2006 Richard G. Shuster (from Rick's Random Ramblings, Our Protectors, Our Veterans )
Why Wear The Poppy On Veteran's Day
"Please wear a poppy", the lady said
And held one forth, but I shook my head.
Then I stopped and watched as she offered them there,
And her face was old and lined with care;
But beneath the scars the years had made
There remained a smile that refused to fade.
A boy came whistling down the street,
Bouncing along on care-free feet.
His smile was full of joy and fun,
"Lady," said he, "may I have one?"
When she'd pinned it on he turned to say
"Why do we wear a poppy today?"
The lady smiled in her wistful way
and answered, "This is Remembrance Day,
And the poppy there is the symbol for
The gallant men who died in war.
And because they did, you and I are free -
That's why we wear a poppy, you see."
"I had a boy about your size,
with golden hair and big blue eyes,
He loved to play and jump and shout,
free as a bird he would race about,
as the years went by he learned and grew
and became a man - as you will too.
He was fine and strong, with a boyish smile
but he'd seemed with us such a little while
when the war broke out and he went away.
I still remember his face that day
when he smiled at me and said "Goodbye,
I'll be back soon, Mom, so please don't cry".
But the war went on and he had to stay,
and all I could do was wait and pray.
His letters told of the awful fight,
(I can see it still in my dreams at night)
with the tanks and guns and cruel barbed wire,
and the mines and bullets, and bombs and fire.
"Till at last, at last, the war was won -
and that's why we wear a poppy, son".
The small boy turned as if to go,
then said, "Thanks lady, I'm glad to know,
that sure did sound like an awful fight,
but your son - did he come back all right?
A tear rolled down each faded cheek;
she shook her head, but didn't speak.
I slunk away in a sort of shame,
and if you were me you'd feel the same;
for our thanks, in giving, is oft delayed,
though our freedom was bought - and thousands paid:
and so when we see a poppy worn,
let us reflect on the burden borne
by those who gave their very all
when asked to answer their country's call
that we at home in peace might live.
Then wear a poppy! Remember - and give!
our nurse veterans Many people today think of Veterans Day as a day of remembrance of
those soldiers who bravely fought in past wars to preserve the freedoms that we have today. However, most people fail to remember
the hundreds of thousands of nurses who stood next to those soldiers during the darkest of hours.
Lt. Col. Janis A.
Nark, an Army Corps nurse, made the following statement during the 10th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, "I'm
a vet too. I was your nurse. Honor me. Reach out to me. Please, help me to heal." Find out how you can honor these nurses.
Veterans Day is observed on November 11. The holiday was orginally called Armistice Day, and it commermorated
the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. Fighting stopped at 11 a.m., the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
In 1954, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day to honor those who had served in World War II (1939-1945) and
the Korean War (1950-1953). Today, the holiday honors all veterans. Click here to read an inspiring poem by Emily Strange titled "Vietnam Women's Memorial".
World War I (1914-1918)-Women
who wanted to serve their country during World War I did so by serving as a nurse. Navy nurses expanded their number from
20 in 1908 to 160 on the eve of World War I. In addition to normal hospital and clinic duties, they were active in training
local nurses in the U.S. overseas possessions and the Navy's male enlisted medical personnel. By the end of the war, Navy
nurses numbered more than 1,550.
It was another 23 years before women would be officially considered an integral part of the United States
military establishment. However, this war proved that women were an important component to the United States both in war and
at home. Women in this war helped give a huge push in the passing of the 19th Amendment, the suffrage amendment. In proposing
the passing of the 19th Amendment, President Woodrow Wilson's dramatic plea asked that the senators recognize the contributions
made by American women in the war. Wilson proclaimed:
"...Are we alone to ask and take the utmost that our women can give service and
sacrifice of every kind, and still say we do not see what title that gives them to stand by our sides in the guidance of the
affairs of their nations and ours? We have made partners of the women in this war; shall we admit them only to a partnership
of suffering and a sacrifice and toil and not to a partnership of privilege and right?"
During World War I, more than 10,000 U.S. Army nurses served overseas in France, Russia, Italy, China,
England, Belgium, Germany, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. One hundred and two Army nurses died as a result of illness
or accident while serving overseas. Over the course of the war, approximately 265 Army nurse died as a result of their service,
the majority from influenza.
At least three Army nurses were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second-highest
military honor. Several received the Distinguished Service Medal, our highest noncombat award, and more than 20 were awarded
the French Croix de Guerre. Nurses were wounded, and several died overseas and are buried in military cemeteries far from
By the end of World War I, about 34,000 women served as nurses in all the armed forces, which included
by then nurses in the Marines and Coast Guard as well as in the Army and Navy.
World War II (1939-1945)-World
War II was the largest and most violent armed conflict in the history of mankind. More than 59,000 American nurses served
in the Army Nurse Corps during the war. The skill and dedication of these nurses contributed to the extremely low post-injury
mortality rate among American military forces in every theater of the war. Overall, fewer than four percent of the American
soldiers who received medical care in the field or underwent evacuation died from wounds or disease.
Approximately 124,000 nurses graduated from the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps program to serve during World
Nurses received 1,619 medals, citations and commendations during the war, reflecting the courage and
dedication of all who served. Sixteen medals were awarded posthumously to nurses who died as a result of enemy fire. Thirteen
flight nurses died in aircraft crashes while on duty.
The need for nurses clarified the status of the nursing profession. The Army reflected this changing
attitude in June 1944 when it granted its nurse officers commissions and full retirement privileges, dependents' allowances
and equal pay. Moreover, the government provided free education to nursing students between 1943 and 1948. World War II changed
American society irrevocably and redefined the status and opportunities of the professional nurse.
Nurses specializing in the care of psychiatric patients were in great demand. One out of every 12 patients
in Army hospitals was admitted for psychiatric care, and the Army discharged approximately 400,000 soldiers for
psychiatric reasons. The Surgeon General developed a 12-week program to train nurses in the care and medication of these patients.
Korean War (1950-1953)-At the time the war broke out in 1950, there were about 22,000 women in the armed forces, with roughly
one-third in nursing or health-related jobs. At the peak of the war, the number of women in the armed forces was 48,700,
declining to about 35,000 by the war's end. The exact number of Army Nurse Corp officers who saw action in the
Korean War over the course of the three-year conflict is unknown. However, Army nurse participants vary from 540 to 1,502.
An undetermined number of Army Nurse Corps officers served in the Far East Command at that time. While not physicially
located in the combat zone, these women suffered many of the same deprivations, rose to meet similar relentless challenges
and worked long, hard hours. Indeed, the contributions of all Army Nurse Corps officers who served during the Korean
War, whether in Korea, the Far East Command or other worldwide locales, were significant. Because the nation and the Army
Nurse Corps were simultaneously locked in the depths of a critical and dangerous nursing shortage, it is noteworthy that
the small number of caregivers was capable of providing support for the enormous number of casualties. In this era, the
Army rarely acknowledged the contributions of service members with awards. It recognized only the highest levels
of performance. Thus it is not surprising that during this war, authorities approved and awarded only nine Legions of
Merit, 120 Bronze Stars and 173 Commendation Ribbons to Army nurses whose service during the hostilities were exceptional.
Vietnam War (1962-1973)- "The women's war was different from the men's-instead of exploding in the jungle, it blew up in the mind. Surrounded by death, the nurses had to shut
down emotionally. They could not show their feelings to the soldiers they were trying to heal."-a former Army nurse in Vietnam.
It is estimated that more than 265,000 women volunteered during the Vietnam War (this includes
the Red Cross, other volunteer organizations and the militiary).
11,500 women served as nurses and other documented roles, more than 5,000 of these were in the
Army Nurse Corps.
Army nurses who served in Vietnam averaged 23.6 years of age and were relatively new to nursing;
only 35 percent had more than two years of nursing experience. Nurses were both female (79 percent) and male (21 percent).
Nurses typically served a 12-month tour in Vietnam; working six days a week, 12 hours a day (information from the U.S. Army
Center of Military History).
"It is stated that the military, which prided itself on records it kept in Vietnam, counted
the enemy number of weapons captured, for example, cannot to this day say with certainty how many women served. The Army that
sent them never bothered to count them."-Laura Palmer,
Shrapnel in the Heart.
In 1970, Brig. Gen. Anna Mae Hays, head of the Army Nurse Corps, became the first woman to attain
a star rank in nursing.
Honor these nurses by learning about their experiences
How can those of us who never served in our military possibly demonstrate
our gratitude, appreciation and reverence for the men and women who wore the uniform and fought the fights to protect our
To be sure, we have our holidays. This Saturday, for example, is Veterans
Day -- the day set aside for expressing appreciation to those who endured the torment of war on our behalf. In the spring,
there's Memorial Day, which is dedicated to those who gave their lives.
And then are the monuments and memorials. They dot our great cities and
small towns. From soaring marble in Washington, DC to the simple plaques and statues honoring war dead in front of state capitols
and city halls, they command our attention and focus our thoughts.
Each of these is worthy in its own right. But shouldn't there be more?
As young men and women once again put themselves in harm's way in Iraq,
Afghanistan and a range of other theaters that might remain secret for years, thoughts and prayers feel inadequate. Appreciation
demands something more tangible.
Not tangible in the sense of a check or a shiny new car -- though
neither ought be cast aside out of hand. Instead, something tangible that the veterans whom we honor on Saturday can experience
personally rather than contenting themselves with the indistinct well-wishes of a nation. And as much as we might like to
pursue the shiny new car idea, practicality probably stands as too great a hurdle.
So what to do?
There's really only one thing: seek out a veteran -- a neighbor, a co-worker,
a family member, even someone you run into on the street -- take their hand and thank them for their service.
This suggestion is hardly new. Indeed, it's almost a cliche. But the problem
with clichés is that they lose their meaning and their impact. When someone suggests that we find and thank a veteran on Saturday,
it tends to enter through one ear and exit through the other while we peruse newspaper circulars for great Veterans Day deals
on cars and furniture.
This year should be different.
There are more than 250,000 American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines
deployed overseas, many in Iraq and Afghanistan. The World War II generation -- the men who overcame Germany and Japan --
is slowly fading away.
Now is the time. Not just to think good thoughts and rely on whispered
prayers. It's time to reach out and say "thank you." It's time to get up and do something. It's time to translate appreciation
Our vets deserve it. So does the country that they have for so long
protected with courage and honor.
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