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California veterans, by the numbers

November 11, 2008

Veterans Day traces its roots to World War I, commemorating the day the armistice went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It celebrates the heroism and sacrifice of those who have fought for our country, particularly the living veterans. There are roughly 23 million veterans living in the U.S., with some 2 million in California. Here's a statistical profile of some of the key characteristics that make up the state's veteran population.

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Notes: All numbers rounded to the nearest 1,000. Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding.

*Less than 0.5%

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Eras: Through 1946 (WWII); 1947-Feb. 1961 (Korean); Mar. 1961-Apr. 1975 (Vietnam); May 1975-Jul. 1990 (Post-Vietnam); Aug. 1990-Aug. 2001 (Gulf War), Sep. 2001-present (War on Terror). Recent regional explainer graphics are available at latimes.com/localgraphics.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau's 2007 American Community Survey public use microdata sample. Graphics reporting by Jia-Rui Chong. Data analysis by Sandra Poindexter and Doug Smith.

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Doug Stevens Los Angeles Times

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