posted on December 04, 2013 15:07
By Ted Daywalt
This article is featured exclusively online, in conjunction with the December-January issue of Navy magazine.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey (BLS CPS) report states there were 21,305,000 Veterans alive in October, down from 21,331,000 in September, a loss of 26,000 Veterans nationally in October. This continues the trend of the shrinking Veteran population due in large part to having an all-volunteer force since 1972 and not having a military draft. There were nearly sixty million Veterans alive at the end of the Vietnam War. America has lost over two thirds of its Veterans in the last four decades. The decreasing number of Veterans has a direct impact on the decline of the political importance of Veterans and negatively affects the membership of Veteran service organizations.
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