Veterans Day 2019: Informaton & Facts

American Indian veterans from Great Lakes served as color guard at National Congress of American Indians opening ceremony in Milwaukee in October 2917. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

Veterans Day 2019: November 11, 2019

Published November 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — In preparation of Veterans Day, the U.S. Census Bureau released the following information and statistics about those who have served in the United States armed forces:

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking 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 honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation and a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The ceremony honors and thanks all who served in the U.S. armed forces.

Veteran Population

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18.0 million

The number of military veterans in the United States in 2018.

1.7 million

The number of female veterans in the United States in 2018.

12.0%

The percentage of veterans in 2018 who were black. Additionally, 76.7 percent were non-Hispanic white, 1.7 percent were Asian, 0.8 % were American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2 % were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 1.4 % were some other race. (The numbers for blacks, non-Hispanic whites, Asians, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, and some other race cover only those reporting a single race.)

7.2%

The percentage of veterans in 2018 who were Hispanic.

50.1%

The percentage of veterans age 65 and older in 2018. At the other end of the age spectrum, 9.1% were younger than age 35.

More on Veterans

See a detailed profile on the Veteran population from the 2018 American Community Survey. Statistics include:

  • When They Served
  • Demographics – Sex, Age, Race and Hispanic or Latino Origin
  • Median Income
  • Educational Attainment
  • Employment Status
  • Poverty Status
  • Disability Status

 

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