Army

Navy

Marine Corps

Air Force

41 and over

5.3

5.9

2.1

8.4

Guard and Reserve Officers (%)a

25 and under

5.5

0.6

0.7

1.2

26–30

9.2

4.6

4.9

7.4

31–35

14.8

2.8

17.1

14.3

36–40

23.3

31.5

31.1

23.8

41 and over

47.3

60.6

46.2

53.5

Guard and Reserve Enlisted Members (%)a

25 and under

43.4

17.9

72.8

23.0

26–30

16.0

15.1

15.0

14.8

31–35

9.5

18.9

6.0

13.3

36–40

12.2

24.2

3.7

16.4

41 and over

18.8

23.8

2.5

32.5

Retireesb

Retired with 20+ years of active service

438,590

 

 

 

Retired with 20+ years reserve service

260,737

 

 

 

Total

778,682

 

 

 

aIncludes only members of the selected reserve.

b Includes active duty and reserve retirees, does not include disabled retirees.

SOURCE: Adapted from DoD (2006a); retiree information from Army (2006).

Demographics of the Veteran Population

In 2008, there were an estimated 26.5 million US veterans, 7.8 million of whom were enrolled in the VA health-care system. Of the 7.8 million, 45.1% are at least 65 years old, 41.0% are 45–64 years old, and 13.9% (fewer than 1 million) are under 45 years old. In 2000, about 7.5% (1.6 million) of the veterans enrolled in the VA health-care system were women. The largest group of veterans using the VA health-care system (36%) consists of those who served during the Vietnam era (1965–1974), followed by those who served between the Korean and Vietnam wars (1955–1964) (29%), military personnel who served between Vietnam and the 1990–1991 Gulf War (23%), and those who served in World War



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