THE VETERAN

 

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

  • Veterans Day, which pays tribute to all veterans, living or dead, differs from Memorial Day during which we pay tribute to those who lost their lives in combat.

  • There are currently over 2 million female veterans in the United States.

  • Nearly 10 million veterans are age 65 or older.

  • Veterans own 9 percent of U.S. businessesVeterans make up 12% of the adult homeless population.

  • 70% of homeless veterans suffer from substance abuse, while 50% experience mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which makes it harder to maintain relationships and hold down a job.

    • Many homeless veterans end up living on the streets for 8 or 9 times the length of their deployments.

  • Gulf War veterans are the most likely to have a service-related disability. Of veterans who served in the Gulf War era, 27.2% have a disability incurred during active service, compared with 26.7% of post-Sept. 11 veterans, 20.2% of Vietnam veterans, 12.2% of Korea veterans and 13.6% of World War II veterans.

It is the Veteran, not the preacher, who has given us the freedom of religion.

It is the Veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of press.

It is the Veteran, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.

It is the Veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to assemble.

It is the Veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the freedom to a fair trail.

It is the Veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Veteran who salutes the flag. It is the veteran who serves under the flag.

All veterans stand for freedom and the American way of life.

 

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