Currently there are 24.9 million military veterans in the United States.
1.7 million of the 24.9 are women.
9.7 million of the veterans are age 65 or over.
2.4 million are black veterans. Additionally, 1.1 million veterans are Hispanic; 272,000 are Asian; 159,000 are American Indian or Alaska native; and 30,000 are native Hawaiian and 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.)
8.2 million are Vietnam-era veterans. Vietnam veterans account for more than 3-in-10 veterans, the largest share of any period of service. The next largest share of wartime veterans, 4.4 million or nearly 2-in-10, served during World War II.
16% percent of Persian Gulf War veterans are women. In contrast, women account for 5 percent of World War II vets, 3 percent of Vietnam vets and 2 percent of Korean War vets.
381,000 veterans served during both the Vietnam era and the Desert Storm era (August 1990 or later).
429,000 veterans served during both the Korean War and the Vietnam conflict.
143,000 served during three periods: World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam conflict.
498,000 served in World War II and the Korean War.
There are 6 states with 1 million or more veterans. These states are California (2.3 million), Florida (1.8 million), Texas (1.7 million), New York (1.2 million), Pennsylvania (1.2 million) and Ohio (1.1 million).