Entries in Veteran's Day (3)


US Veterans: A Look at Those Who've Served

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- America has been at war with Iraq and Afghanistan for more than a decade, and during that time, more than two million Americans have been deployed overseas.

Friday, on 11-11-11, as the country celebrates Veteran's Day, the millions of Americans who have not worn the country's uniform will take a moment to honor and remember those who have.

Here's a look at America's veterans, by the numbers.

Those Who Have Served: 2,333,972

In the decade since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, 2.3 million American military personnel had been deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan or both, as of Aug. 30, 2011.  Of that total, 1,353,627 have since left the military and 711,986 have used Veteran Affairs health care between fiscal year 2002 and the third-quarter fiscal year 2011.

According to the Defense Manpower Data Center, nearly half -- or 977,542 -- of those who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan have been deployed more than once.

Those in Uniform Right Now: 2,317,761

There are currently 2,317,761 men and women in uniform.  Of this total number, 1,348,405 have been deployed since the Sept. 11 attacks.  About 58.2 percent of those currently in uniform have served a deployment since 9/11.

Population: 0.75 percent

According to the 2010 Census, the population of the United States is 308,745,538.  Including active duty, national guard and reserves, the population of Americans in uniform is 2,317,761, meaning that less than 1 percent, 0.75 percent to be exact, of the country's population is a member of the military.

Unemployment Rate: 11.5 percent

While members of the military make up a tiny fraction of the country's population, the unemployment rate for America's veterans far exceeds the national average.  About 11.5 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are unemployed, compared with 9 percent of Americans nationwide.  And that number is on the rise.

In 2007, 6.1 percent of current-war veterans were unemployed.  In 2009, the unemployment rate for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars had risen to 10.2 percent.  It is now more than two percentage points higher than the national average.

According to a Labor Department report released last week, Iraq and Afghanistan vets have higher unemployment rates than living veterans from previous wars because of their young age.

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Obama to Honor Veterans, Attend ‘Carrier Classic’ Basketball Game

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- President Obama will travel to San Diego on Friday to attend the first annual Veterans Day “Carrier Classic” basketball game on the same aircraft carrier that buried Osama bin Laden at sea.

Obama, an avid basketball player, will attend Friday evening’s game between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Michigan State along with roughly 7,000 fans, mostly active military personnel.

The Carrier Classic will by played on the USS Carl Vinson, the Navy carrier that conducted the bin Laden burial at sea after he was killed by Navy SEALs in May in a raid ordered by the president.  The game will be the first-ever college basketball game played on a flight deck, unless the weather prohibits the outdoor game -- in which case it will be moved to the hanger deck below.

The game won’t be the only Veterans Day event for the president.  In the morning, the president and first lady will attend a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, where Obama will also deliver remarks.

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Pelosi Breaks Ground on Disabled Veterans Memorial

Photo Courtesy of Getty Images(WASHINGTON) – On the eve of Veteran’s Day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi broke ground on the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial at a ceremony in front of hundreds of disabled and able-bodied veterans.

"In the name of all veterans, past, present and future, we break ground today to ensure that time does not dim the glory of their deeds," Pelosi said.

Pelosi shared a personal story Wednesday as she recalled a memory of her uncle, Johnny D’Alesandrio, who died in the Battle of the Bulge. She said her father mourned his brother’s death daily, but took pride in the sacrifice he made for the country.

"As we approach Veteran’s Day, we reaffirm our commitment to the patriotism, the courage and service of all men and women in uniform, whether they’re in the theater of battle or wherever they serve our country," Pelosi said.

Pelosi also took a moment to applaud the bipartisan effort in Congress to extend benefits to American veterans. She also noted that a continued effort is needed to ensure veteran’s health does not become privatized.

Upon completion in 2012, the memorial will be the only permanent public tribute to America’s disabled veterans.

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