On this Memorial Day Weekend, a few articles featuring numbers relevant to the Veteran population. The above graph comes from the blog Data Mine: Numbers You Can Use and an article entitled Memorial Day by the Numbers. As the article points out, there is a data problem in actually estimating the true number of veterans in the United States, but the number is expected to decline as prior generations age. The Veteran's Administration Website provides data based on their Veteran Population Projection Model on the aging population of veterans as well, which I reproduce here:
The aging population of Veterans is much more clearly seen in this graph from the VA, which shows the percentage of Veterans by their particular service in each major war. The aging of the World War II veterans, and subsequently Korea, Vietnam, and Gulf Wars is clearly seen in this graph. When we speak about honoring those who have served, keep in mind that in a few years, there will be virtually no World War II veterans still alive. All the more reason we must remember the sacrifices of those before us.