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What are some statistics on the veteran population?

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There were 19.3 million military veterans living in the United States in 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, including 1.6 million female veterans and 9.4 million veterans who were 65 and older. There were 7 million living veterans of the Vietnam War and 5.5 million Gulf War veterans.

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The Census Bureau also indicates that 78.9 percent of U.S. living veterans in 2014 were non-Hispanic white, 11.4 percent were black and 6.1 percent were Hispanic. There were nearly 100,000 living veterans who served in three wars, including 36,000 who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War and 62,000 who served in the Vietnam War and both periods of the Gulf War. Seventy percent of living veterans voted in the 2012 presidential election.

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