There Are Almost 22 Million Veterans In The United States. What Do You Know About Them?

They're not all the same, but they all need our support.

This Veterans Day, MTV will honor veterans by premiering a new documentary, "MTV’s Got Your 6," about young soldiers returning from Afghanistan. The documentary, a partnership between MTV and Got Your 6, will chronicle the veterans’ struggles to adjust to civilian life.

While we all owe a lot to our men and women in uniform for the service they provide our country, not all of us are up to date about who these brave people really are.

Here are just a few things you should know about our country’s veterans:

There Are A Lot Of Them.

The U.S. Census Bureau shows that there are 21.8 million veterans in our country. Of those 21.8 veterans, 20.2 million are male, and 17.5 million of all veterans are White. In Clarksville, TN, veterans make up 24% of the population; other cities with veterans making up more than 20% of the population include Hampton, VA, Jacksonville, NC, Killeen, TX, and Fayetteville, NC. The U.S. Census Bureau also shows that California, Florida, and Texas each have more than 1 million veterans living in the state.

They Are Not All The Same.

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released several reports on women and minority veterans. According to the 2012 Minority Veterans Report, “40% of non-prior service active component enlisted female accessions were minorities and 18.5% were Hispanic.” The report also showed that only “7% of White Veterans are between 17 to 34 years old; but this figure increases dramatically for all minority groups, with some nearing 20%.”

According to the Profile of Women Veterans: 2012 report, also conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the largest group of women veterans served “during Post 9/11 and Peacetime periods.”

They Never Stop Serving.

One incredible thing about veterans is that they are the type of people who are truly devoted to a life of service. According to a report by Civic Enterprises, veterans are much more likely to get involved and give back in their communities than the general population. Plus, they’re bringing back strong teambuilding and leadership skills, which means the veterans will actually be a great source of support to the causes they help out.

Picture those veterans for a minute. If you imagined someone who is old enough to be your grandfather, you might want to reconsider. In the not-so-distant future, young veterans will be the largest group in the veteran population. According to the Center for a New American Security & The George W. Bush Institute, “Gulf War era veterans and Post-9/11 veterans will overtake Vietnam era veterans” next year.

Learn more about our veterans and how you can support them.

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