Young Americans join the armed forces for many reasons, including the opportunity to learn new skills, get physically fit, and earn financial aid to pay for their education. Odon’t however, the most common reasons are to serve the country. In addition to more th2.3km awayThe lion’s share of active duty service members, the United States has more than 17.8 million veterans.
The sacrifices veterans have made for the country often follow them long after their service. Almost half of those who served after the terrorist attacks of september 11They may have had an emotionally traumatic or distressing experience while serving, and about one in four veterans say readjusting to civilian life was at least somewhat difficult, according to a Pew Research study.
Still, the same study also found ta more than half of all veterans say their service provided them with skills and training useful for the civilian workforce, and that veterans are less likely to live in poverty and more likely to have higher incomes than their non-veteran counterparts.
Armed service veterans reside in communities across the country, but some areas of the country have a significantly higher concentration of military veterans than others. Using data from the US Census Bureau, 24/7 Wall St. identified the city in each state with the highest proportion of veterans.
Among the cities on this list, the share of the adult civilian population with a history of military service ranges from about 11% to over 50% and, in most cases, exceeds the state share by at least 15 percentage points. For context, 7.1% of the total adult civilian population of the United States served in the military. Here is an overview of US presidents who have served in the military.
Many places on this list – including West Point, New York and several Air Force bases – are themselves military installations, as some bases around the country offers affordable housing options for ex-servicemen.
It is important to note that while many veterans chose to enlist out of a sense of patriotic duty, many living veterans did not choose to serve and were enlisted during the Vietnam War. In a handful of cities on this list, those with Vietnam-era limited service make up more than 50% of the total veteran population. Here’s a look at the wars that cost Americans the most lives.
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