About Our Veterans
According to the Department of Veteran`s Affairs there are approximately 23,200,000 living Veterans today. Approximately 1,824,200 of these veterans are women. Our World War II Veterans are dying at a rate of about 900 per day. At this time we have approximately 1,800.000 living WWII Veterans but this number will be down to approximately 81,000 by September 30, 2024. (Statistics from the Department of Veteran`s Affairs)
One sad story about our Veterans is that many are homeless. These men served their country and now many of them have no where to live. It is estimated that 33% of the male homeless population are Veterans and that 67% served their country for more than three years. War affects people in many ways and the Veterans who served in Vietnam were affected greatly by what they went through. Many suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and did not get support from their families and society. About 47% of homeless Veterans are from the Vietnam Era.
The VA estimates that there are about 107,000 homeless Veterans on the street each night and that over half a million may be homeless at some time each year.
The Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor is the greatest honor a military person can receive. There have only been 3,446 of these medals awarded since the honor was started in 1863. About half of the Medal of Honor awards were given during the Civil War and only 843 medals have been awarded since the beginning of WWI. We have no WWI recipients living today.
Today there are 90 living Medal of Honor recipients. Most of them are from the Vietnam War (58), most of them served in the Army, and most are over the age of seventy (75). We have approximately 19 living recipients from World War II and 58 from the Korean War. The only person who received the Medal of Honor from the Iraq conflict was Sergeant 1st Class Paul R. Smith, who was killed in action. Sergeant Smith is credited with saving more than 100 American lives. You can find out more about this battle at www.army.mil/medalofhonor/smith. There have been 4 Medals of Honor given to soldiers in Iraq and 2 medals in Afghanistan
Information on the Medal of Honor can be found at:
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The Purple Heart
The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces or a civilian who is wounded or killed during combat with the enemy. This award was started by George Washington in 1782. General Douglas MacArthur changed the name from Badge of Military Service to Purple Heart in 1932. More on this medal can be found at:
The Distinguished Flying Cross
The Distinguished Flying Cross is given for deeds accomplished during aerial flight. Our government has not kept accurate records about the number of medals given, but we do know that President Coolidge gave the first of these medals to Charles Lindbergh in 1927. More on this medal can be found at: