Veterans Day: Some Facts and Figures

American cemetery at Normandy


  • 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).

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office