Some interesting numbers:
21.5 million The number of military veterans in the United States in 2011314,000,000 U.S. citizens, 22 million veterans or 7% of the population is composed of veterans.
When They Served
7.5 million Number of Vietnam-era veterans in 2011.
5.1 million served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present);
1.8 million in World War II (1941-1945);
2.4 million in the Korean War (1950-1953);
5.4 million in peacetime only.*
51,079 Number of living veterans in 2011 who served during the Vietnam era and both Gulf War eras and no other period.
Other living veterans in 2011 who served during three wars:
43,942 served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam era.
Living veterans in 2011 who served during two wars and no other period:
876,663 served during both Gulf War eras.
205,205 served during both the Korean War and the Vietnam era.
129,972 served during both World War II and the Korean War.
To all of them, thanks!
*"Peacetime?" I wonder if that includes the Cold War? Really ought to be given a little credit.