Thank You Veterans
November 11, 1919, was the first anniversary of the end of World War I. On that anniversary, Veterans Day, which was originally called “Armistice Day,” was originated. Armistice Day officially became a national holiday in 1938, and in 1954, President Eisenhower changed the name of the national holiday to Veterans Day. On Veterans Day, we honor all American veterans of all wars—the living and the fallen.
Thank you to the brave men and women who serve and protect the United States of America. Today, we share a few facts about our veteran population:
- In 2022, during midterm elections, about 21 percent of the candidates for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House or governor had some degree of military experience on their resume.
- 10 percent of veterans are women.
- 5.9 million veterans served during the Vietnam War.
- 7.8 million veterans served in the Gulf War era.
- Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 119,550 are still living in 2023.
- 933,000 veterans served during the Korean War.
- As of 2023, the top three states with the highest percentage of Veterans were Alaska, Virginia, and Wyoming, respectively.
Thank you, Veterans, for keeping us free and safe!