More than a day off from work or even a day of remembrance for the soldiers lost in long ago wars, Veterans Day marks an opportunity to pay homage to those serving during times of war and to honor the soldiers who return from war and persevere in the private sector. In a 2011 Veterans Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery, President Obama remarked that, “As our service members return, many are discovering a new battlefield as they leave the military and search for civilian employment opportunities.” Many are having a very difficult time reintegrating themselves into life back from deployment.
Our vets deserve our respect and gentle words come Veterans Day on November 11. Too many of these brave soldiers are battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and, even more alarmingly, 22 vets a day are taking their own lives. These men and women need our support, understanding and thanks. Here are 20 facts about Veterans Day and vets that you may not be aware of.
1. The Numbers
There are a great many veterans in the U.S., perhaps more than you’d think. The Census Bureau reports that more than 21 million veterans currently reside in the U.S., which is a significant number when you consider some of the needs that soldiers might have when they re-enter civilian life.
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