According to last year’s census, there are 21.8 million military veterans in the United States. Surely you can find at least one to sit down and speak with today. Here is a rough breakdown of our veteran population:
7.6 million served during the Viet Nam era (1964-75)
4.8 million served during the “Gulf War” (defined as August
of 1990 until present)
2.1 million served during the Second World War (1941-45)
2.6 million served during the Korean war (1950-53)
5.5 million served during peacetime
These numbers do not add up to 21.8 because some veterans served during more than one of the listed periods. For example, in 2010 there were 54,000 veterans who had served during WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam.