Interesting facts on Veterans and Veterans Day
OK, Veterans Day is over, but at Proud to Serve Digest we honor veterans every day. We thought the facts in this Chuck Norris test were pretty interesting.
For example, we were surprised to learn that a Gallup poll conducted in 1946 revealed that 75% of WWI veterans and 69% of WWII veterans believed the government sufficiently helped them. What did that help amount to for a non-injured WWI vet? A whopping $60 and a ticket home on the train.
The GI Bill of 1944 has done much to improve the assistance we give our brave veterans, and much more still needs to be done.
Meanwhile, enjoy the veterans facts in the test below. Can you pass it?
Chuck Norris is a martial arts expert and famous actor. But he is also a veteran who has spent decades supporting our troops and visiting them through the USO. The troops love spending time with him, and Norris never misses a chance to lift their spirits.
Today is Veterans Day, but do you really know what that day is all about? Take Chuck Norris’ test and find out…
Do you know these facts about Veterans Day?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 surveys:
There are 19.6 million veterans in the U.S.
There are 9.3 million U.S. veterans over the age of 65.
There are 1.6 million younger than 35.
There are 1.6 million female veterans.
There are 39,890 veterans still alive who served during three wartime periods: World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
There are 3.6 million veterans with a service-connected disability rating.
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. (“Armistice” is an agreement by opposing forces to stop fighting war.)
In 1926, Congress passed a resolution to make Nov. 11 an annual observance.
In 1938, Nov. 11 became a national holiday.
In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation that changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor those who served in all American wars.
It’s interesting to note that, in 1968, Congress changed Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October so that federal employees would have another three-day weekend. But in 1975, President Gerald Ford changed the date back to Nov. 11 because of its initial importance.
A common misunderstanding about Veterans Day is how it is confused with Memorial Day. That is why it is important for citizens to realize Veterans Day falls on Nov. 11 and honors living servicemen, while Memorial Day is commemorated on the fourth Monday in May and honors those who have died in service of our country or resulting from injuries thereof…
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