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NUMBERS: The estimated total Veteran population was 23,067,000 as of September 30, 2009. This included 7,653,000 Vietnam era Veterans, representing the single largest period-of-service component of the Veteran population. Gulf War era Veterans now comprise the second largest component, numbering 5,507,000. Korean conflict Veterans numbered 2,621,000 while World War II Veterans totaled 2,272,000. Veterans serving only in peacetime numbered 5,892,000, about one-in-four Veterans. (NOTE: The sum of the numbers by period does NOT add to the total because the period categories shown here are not mutually exclusive: an estimated 716,000 Veterans served in two war periods and 81,000 Veterans served in three or more; these Veterans are counted in ALL the periods in which they served.)

AGE: As of September 30, 2009, the median age of all Veterans was 61 years. Veterans under the age of 45 constituted 20 percent of the total, while those aged 45 to 64 represented 40 percent, and those 65 or older were also 40 percent of the total.

SEX: Female Veterans numbered 1,824,000 million, representing 7.9 percent of the total Veteran population. Roughly one-in-five resident U.S. males 18 years of age or older is a Veteran.

FUTURE POPULATION: The Veteran population (23.1 million in 2009) is projected to decline to 22.7 million by the year 2010, under currently expected armed forces strength and mortality rates. The population of Veterans aged 65 or older peaked at 10.0 million in 2000. It is projected to decline to 9.2 million in 2010 but rise again to about 9.6 million in 2013 as the Vietnam era cohort ages. The number of Veterans aged 85 or older is projected to increase 3 percent between 2009 and 2010 from 1,348,000 to nearly 1,393,000.

EDUCATION: Data from the American Community Survey (ACS) of 2008 shows that among the civilian U.S. population 25 years and over, Veterans had a higher percent completing high school or having some college, or an associates degree as the highest level attained than non-Veterans, while non-Veterans had a higher percent completing a bachelors or higher degree as well as a higher percent who were less than a high school graduate.

INCOME: Data from the 2008 ACS shows that among the civilian population 18 years and over with income in the past 12 months, Veterans in general had higher personal income than non- Veterans. Specifically, the median personal income of Veterans overall was $36,800 compared to $25,700 for non-Veterans. The median for male Veterans was $37,300 compared to $32,400 for male non-Veterans, and was $29,700 for female Veterans compared to $20,900 for female non- Veterans of that age.

(SOURCE: VA Office of Policy and Planning. VetPop2009.)

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Thanks Tbird. I love statistics and especially data on vets population too!

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