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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: Veterans Employment Special - 2012

This country owes a profound debt to all Veterans, and military families. In these tough economic times, we're especially cognizant of our service members transitioning to civilian life, as well as our military spouses. And we must give them the best possible tools to succeed in professional pursuits." - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta

A Snapshot of Our Nation's Veterans

Federal, state and community leaders; private businesses; non-profits; and community organizations use information about the military veteran population from the American Community Survey and Economic Census to determine the programs, services and infrastructure that serve the needs of our veterans. What follows is the most recent snapshot of veterans statistics. PDF | HiRes

Who Are U.S. Veterans?
Where Do They Live?
What Are Their Education Levels?
When Did They Serve?
Where Do They Work?
What Are Their Incomes?

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Vets Unemployment Rate Drops in 2013

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Millionth Post-9/11 GI Bill Recipient Announced

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Labor Secretary Cites Progress in Veterans' Hiring Programs

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Kerry Announces Veterans Partnership

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