A few interesting statistics regarding US military veterans:
- Approximately 13% of adult male americans are either serving currently, or are veterans
- Among those, over half are over 60 yrs of age
The percentage will continue to decrease as time passes.
It's probably due to my age and my own history that I find it unfortunate for our country that as time goes on, fewer and fewer of our citizens and voters ever served their country as soldiers. I grew up in a family and in a period when I 'expected' to serve in the military at some point (and I did). I believe that military time, while short for most of us as a percentage of our lives, persists as the most significant period of our lives, and it gives us a unique perspective of our country and our roles in it.
I think it's unfortunate that as time moves forward, our country may never have another President, or Vice President who served in the military and yet those men make decisions about sending our sons and daughters into war!
I add my thanks to all who served, and all who will serve, and whose children will serve and I mourn those who gave their life to preserve our democracy.http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/what-percentage-of-americans-have-served-in-the-military/