The Reality of Being a United States Veteran

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Veterans Day, a day to celebrate those who have given so much for our country. But what happens when a vet comes home and tries to resume life as a civilian? What do veterans really need? One veteran shares his experience.

Donald Trump elected as our 45th President of the United States. Kim and Jackie talk the country’s reaction and where we go from here.

Plus, did you know?

Veterans Day was once known as Armistice Day. The term comes from an armistice between Germany and the Allied Nations on November 11, 1918 (Also known the armistice ending on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month). World War I actually ended on June 28, 1919, during the Treaty of Versailles. The first Armistice Day was acknowledged on November 11, 1919.

On June 1, 1954, Armistice Day had its named changed to Veterans Day.

The total Veteran population in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Territories/Foreign, as of Sept. 30, 2015, was 21,680,534. The population of women Veterans numbered 2,035,213.

States with the largest number of women Veterans were Texas, California, Florida, Virginia and Georgia.

There is not supposed to be an apostrophe in Veterans Day. Still some spell it Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day.

On November 11, 1921, an American soldier was buried at the national cemetery in Arlington. His identity was unknown (and his grave site is what we know as today as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier). Every year on November 11, the president or a high-ranking member of the government lays a wreath on his grave.

Many people confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day. Memorial Day is primarily remembered for those died during their service to our country, particularly ones who died as a result of battle. Veterans Day is to acknowledge primarily all those served in the military, either during wartime or peacetime.

 

 

 

 

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