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 cities 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 50 metropolitan areas with the most veterans. Metropolitan areas are ranked by the proportion of adult residents who are veterans.
In each metropolitan area on this list, more than one in 10 adult residents have a history of military service. In some, they make up more than one in five adults. For context, 7.1% of the total US civilian adult population served in the military. Here is an overview of US presidents who have served in the military.
It is important to note that while many veterans chose to enlist out of a sense of patriotic duty – including a sizable portion of the 2.4 million who enlisted after 9/11 – many living veterans have no not elected to serve and were drafted into service during the Vietnam War. In most metropolitan areas on this list, those with a limited period of service in the Vietnam era make up more than 25% of the total veteran population. Here’s a look at the wars that cost Americans the most lives.
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