Veterans Day: The community gives back

Every year, we try to find ways to let veterans know that their brave service during the war and in peacetime is appreciated. “Honoring all who served is a tradition that dates back to 1954 when President Eisenhower signed into law a decree naming November 11 as Veterans Day. Before that, the event had been known as Armistice Day. Although many restaurants and businesses offer discounted meals and special deals to veterans in recognition of their service to home and country, expressing some gratitude for our soldiers’ bravery is something that each and every one of us can do.

Attending a Veterans Day ceremony is a great way to show our veterans that we care.  Likewise, sending a note of thanks or a “happy day” card to a veteran in the family or neighborhood is a friendly gesture that says “thanks”. If you do not personally know any veterans, your local VA chap-ter will happily receive a card addressed to all its members.

Veteran facts and stats

The United States Census Bureau’s 2011 American Community Survey shows that in that year, there were 25.1 million military veterans

1.6 million of them were women

2.3 million were black; 1.2 million were Hispanic; nearly 265,000 were Asian-Americans; about 153,000 were American Indians or Alaska Natives; nearly 27,500 were Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islan-ders; leaving some 17.2 million non-Hispanic white

9.2 million veterans were over age 65; 1.8 million were younger than 35

26.3 percent of veterans had a ba-chelor’s degree or higher degree; 92.3 percent of veterans had a high school diploma or equivalent (compared with 28.5 percent and 86 percent, respectively, in the general population)

3.5 million veterans had a service-related disability