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This section was prepared for/on Veterans's Day, November 11, 2010. Use the ranking table to view selected characteristics of America's Veterans by congressional district. Data are from the 2009 American Community Survey (ACS).

Updates. This section updates for Veterans's Day, November 11, 2014, using data from 2014 ACS, reflecting 2013 characteristics for 113th Congressional Districts.

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors living military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. A national ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

America's Veterans: 2009-2012 ... data from ACS 1-year estimates; intermediate update
 2009 2010 2011 2012 
Population 18 years and over231,222,799 234,137,287 236,665,774 239,178,768 
Total veterans by period of service21,854,374100.00%21,798,077100.00%21,458,427100.00%21,230,865100.00%
  Gulf War (9/2001 or later) veterans1,901,3318.70%2,288,79810.50%2,489,17811.60%2,738,78212.90%
  Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001) veterans3,409,28215.60%3,444,09615.80%3,540,64016.50%3,630,47817.10%
  Vietnam era veterans7,583,46834.70%7,607,52934.90%7,510,44935.00%7,409,57234.90%
  Korean War veterans2,709,94212.40%2,572,17311.80%2,424,80211.30%2,314,16410.90%
  World War II veterans2,338,41810.70%2,070,8179.50%1,823,9668.50%1,592,3157.50%

About America's Veterans ... data from 2009 ACS and reflect 2009 characteristics
Military veterans in the United States 21.9 million
  Female Veterans 1.5 million
When They Served
  Veterans 65 and older 9 million
  Veterans under 35 years 1.7 million
  Vietnam-era veterans: 35% of all living veterans served during 1964-1975 7.6 million
  Gulf War: service from Aug. 2, 1990 to present 4.5 million
  Korean War (1950-1953) 2.7 million
  World War II (1941-1945) 2.3 million
  Peacetime only 5.6 million
... three wars:
  Vietnam era and both Gulf War eras and no other period 47,000
  World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam era 78,000
... two wars and no other period:
  Both Gulf War eras 741,000
  Both the Korean War and the Vietnam era 230,000
  Both World War II and the Korean War 156,000
When They Live -- 3 states with 1 million or more
  California (2 million), Florida (1.6 million) and Texas (1.6 million)


America's Veterans by Congressional District ... ACS 2009 1 year estimates
  Number of veterans by period of service
  Interactive Ranking Table; click column header to sort; click again to sort other direction.
  See other demographic-economic ranking tables.

Value of -1 indicates that estimate is not available due to suppression (possibly in a related cell) to protect confidentiality.
The ranking table includes 435 congressional districts and the District of Columbia thereby covering the total United States population.

Column headers
  • Veterans
  • G1 -- Gulf War (9/2001 or later), no Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001), no Vietnam Era
  • G2 -- Gulf War (9/2001 or later) and Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001), no Vietnam Era
  • G3VN -- Gulf War (9/2001 or later), and Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001), and Vietnam Era
  • G4 -- Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001), no Vietnam Era
  • G5VN Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001) and Vietnam Era
  • VN1 -- Vietnam Era, no Korean War, no World War II
  • VN2K-- Vietnam Era and Korean War, no World War II
  • VKWW2 -- Vietnam Era and Korean War and World War II
  • K -- Korean War, no Vietnam Era, no World War II
  • KWW2 -- Korean War and World War II, no Vietnam Era
  • WW2 -- World War II, no Korean War, no Vietnam Era
  • B G&V -- Between Gulf War and Vietnam Era only
  • B V&K -- Between Vietnam Era and Korean War only
  • B K&V -- Between Korean War and World War II only
  • PreWW2 -- Pre-World War II only

111th versus 112th Incumbents
  • The first two columns show incumbency data for the 111th Congress.
  • The next two columns show incumbency data for the 112th Congress, entering January 2011.
  • The fifth column contains the value 1 when then 112th incumbent differs from the 111th incumbent.

Using the Filters
To select CDs within a state, after clicking the Show All button, select the state with the State filter dropdown below table. Party and Name selections operate on the 112th only.

Party. To select CDs with 112th party incumbency, after clicking the Show All button, select the party with the Party filter dropdown below table. For example, selecting Party=D the table shows just the 190 districts that have a Democrat incumbent. Once either the State or Party filter has been applied, re-sort on attributes to view ranking based on that item. To restore to view to all CDs, click the Show All button.

Member Name. To find a 112th member name (any partial string) in Incumbent 112th column, click Show All button, key in the text (case-sensitive), then click Find in Name button. To restore to start-up view, refresh the page.

Within State Analysis. To examine attributes of a party within a state proceed as follows. Click Show All button. Select a state (e.g., CA). Select a party (e.g. D). Now click a header column to sort this group in either direction. Repeat as desired.

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