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Veterans Day

United States Veterans

Torn paper heartThere are around 19 million US veterans as of 2021, representing less than 10% of the total adult population (Department of Veterans Affairs).

The demographic profile of veterans is expected to change considerably in the next 25 years becoming much more ethnically and culturally diverse in line with projections of the general population. Additionally the number of female veterans is expected to increase.

While Americans continue to see veteran's services as an important priority, there are mixed feelings about the success of the Department of Veterans Affairs in meeting the needs of US veterans. Read more.

Branches of the US Military

Air Force Insignia

Air Force

Army Insignia

Army

Coast Guard Insignia

Coast Guard

Marine Corps Insignia

Marine Corps

Navy Insignia

Navy

Books

Burdens of War
Failing Our Veterans
Best Care Anywhere
Veterans' Policies, Veterans' Politics
What It Is Like to Go to War
Paying with Their Bodies
Fields of Combat
Combat Trauma
The Veteran's PTSD Handbook
The GI Bill
Encyclopedia of the Veteran in America
The High Cost of Good Intentions

US Involved Wars

American Revolutionary War

American Revolutionary War

The American Revolutionary War of 1775–1783 is also termed the War of American Independence. More

Revolutionary War Veterans

Revolutionary War Veterans

Americans viewed themselves as citizen-soldiers. They treated military service as a form of voluntary, temporary employment in which soldiers retained their civil rights. More

American Civil War

American Civil War

The Civil War (1861–1865) and its aftermath transformed the social, cultural, political, and economic character of the United States. More

Civil War Veterans

Civil War Veterans

Over the course of the Civil War, from 2.1 to over 2.4 million men served in the United States Armed Forces. More

World War I

World War I

World War I had a profound impact not only on the subsequent chain of historical events but also on social structures, institutions, and values. More

African American World War I Veterans

African American World War I Veterans

Military service during World War I gave large numbers of black soldiers their first experiences out of the South. More

World War II

World War II

World War II was the most wide-ranging, destructive, and costly conflict in human history. More

Filipino World War II Veterans

Filipino World War II Veterans

The Filipino Veterans Equity Movement sought to acquire equal benefits for Filipino veterans regardless of nationality. More

Korean War

Korean War

The Korean War of 1950–1953 can be categorized in several ways: a UN conflict, a U.S. war, a Cold War proxy war, and an Asian war. More

African Americans and the Korean War

African Americans and the Korean War

For African American service members and civilians alike, the Korean War represented much more than a campaign to protect U.S. foreign interests. More

Vietnam War

Vietnam War

The Vietnam War (1954–1975) was a conflict between North Vietnam and South Vietnam, in which the United States allied with South Vietnam. More

Vietnam Veterans

Vietnam Veterans

Approximately 3.14 million American men and 7,200 American women served in the Vietnam War. More

Gulf War

Gulf War

The Gulf War, also known as Operation Desert Storm (January 16 through February 28, 1991) was one of the largest multinational conflicts in that region up to that time. More

Gulf War Syndrome

Gulf War Syndrome

Gulf War syndrome describes a wide spectrum of illnesses and symptoms reported by U.S. and U.S. allied soldiers. More

War on Terror

War on Terror

The Global War on Terror (GWOT) commenced in 2001 when it was declared by U.S. president George W. Bush. More

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Every war has its toll, measured not only by the number of those soldiers killed and injured but also by the number of those who survive but suffer from invisible mental injuries. More

Watch Films about Veterans

The Forgotten War: Korean War Veterans Remember

The Forgotten War: Korean War Veterans Remember

Overshadowed by the wars that came before and after it, the Korean War has received little of the attention it rightly deserves. More

VA: The Human Cost of War

VA: The Human Cost of War

This film takes a broad look at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs— examining the organization’s history, leadership, structure, funding and relationship to veterans. More

Wounded Heroes

Wounded Heroes

This film examines the prevalence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among U.S. veterans. More

The Forgotten Veterans

The Forgotten Veterans

This 60 Minutes episode focuses on the nearly 10,000 women, mostly nurses, who served in Vietnam. More

Journal: Veterans Day: African American Vets

Journal: Veterans Day: African American Vets

This segment of the show Sunday Morning focuses on African-Americans past and future involvement in the United States military. More

Vietnam War Experience, Jack Lyon: Veterans Serving Veterans

Vietnam War Experience, Jack Lyon: Veterans Serving Veterans

Jack Lyon used his experience as a Vietnam veteran to help found the Veterans Village of San Diego. More

The War to End All Wars… and its American Veterans

The War to End All Wars… and its American Veterans

This documentary tells the story of World War I from the American perspective. More

Pulling Rank: The Future of U.S. Military and the Concerns of Veterans—Dan Rather Reports

Pulling Rank: The Future of U.S. Military and the Concerns of Veterans—Dan Rather Reports

Dan Rather and General Martin Dempsey speak on the future of the U.S. military and the concerns of veterans. More

The Civil War: A film by Ken Burns

The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns

The Civil War is a nine-part series that explores the most important conflict in our nation’s history. More

Pearl Harbor: Legacy of Attack

Pearl Harbor: Legacy of Attack

Three survivors of the attack give harrowing eyewitness accounts of the events of December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy.” More

Find Help and Support- Hotlines

  • National Call Center for Homeless Veterans: (877) 4AID-VET (877-424-3838)
  • VA Caregiver Support Line: 855-260-3274
  • VA San Diego Healthcare: 858-552-8585
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Wounded Warrior Resource Center: 800-342-9647

Veterans Day Celebration at MiraCosta College