Number of veterans in the United States in 2017, by period of military service

U.S. veterans by period of military service 2017 This graph displays the number of veterans in the United States as of 2017, distinguished by period of military service. In 2017, about 5.9 million veterans served in the Vietnam Era.
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Period of serviceNumber of veterans
Vietnam Era, no Korean War, no World War II5,994,243
Between Gulf War and Vietnam Era only2,532,810
Gulf War (9/2001 or later), no Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001), no Vietnam Era2,277,241
Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001), no Vietnam Era2,246,822
Between Vietnam Era and Korean War only1,513,962
Korean War, no Vietnam Era, no World War II1,276,018
Gulf War (9/2001 or later) and Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001), no Vietnam Era1,185,649
World War II, no Korean War, no Vietnam Era547,857
Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001) and Vietnam Era291,626
Vietnam Era and Korean War, no World War II130,028
Between Korean War and World War II only71,798
Gulf War (9/2001 or later), and Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001), and Vietnam Era61,954
Korean War and World War II, no Vietnam Era44,720
Vietnam Era and Korean War and World War II21,955
Pre-World War II only7,922
Period of serviceNumber of veterans
Vietnam Era, no Korean War, no World War II5,994,243
Between Gulf War and Vietnam Era only2,532,810
Gulf War (9/2001 or later), no Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001), no Vietnam Era2,277,241
Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001), no Vietnam Era2,246,822
Between Vietnam Era and Korean War only1,513,962
Korean War, no Vietnam Era, no World War II1,276,018
Gulf War (9/2001 or later) and Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001), no Vietnam Era1,185,649
World War II, no Korean War, no Vietnam Era547,857
Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001) and Vietnam Era291,626
Vietnam Era and Korean War, no World War II130,028
Between Korean War and World War II only71,798
Gulf War (9/2001 or later), and Gulf War (8/1990 to 8/2001), and Vietnam Era61,954
Korean War and World War II, no Vietnam Era44,720
Vietnam Era and Korean War and World War II21,955
Pre-World War II only7,922
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This graph displays the number of veterans in the United States as of 2017, distinguished by period of military service. In 2017, about 5.9 million veterans served in the Vietnam Era.
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Release date
September 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2017
Age group
18 years and older
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