The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation and a remembrance ceremony takes place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. The ceremony honors and thanks all who served in the U.S. armed forces.

The following facts are made possible by the invaluable responses to the U.S. Census Bureau’s surveys. The Census Bureau appreciates the public’s cooperation as it continuously measures America’s people, places and economy. 



18.5 million

The number of military veterans in the United States in 2016.

(In Indiana, 6 to 7.9 percent of the adult population are veterans)

Source: 2016 American Community Survey


1.6 million

The number of female veterans in the United States in 2016.

Source: 2016 American Community Survey



The percentage of veterans in 2016 who were black. Additionally, 78.0 percent were non-Hispanic white, 1.6 percent were Asian, 0.7 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2 percent were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 1.3 percent were some other race. (The numbers for blacks, non-Hispanic whites, Asians, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, and some other race cover only those reporting a single race.)

Source:   2016 American Community Survey



The percentage of veterans in 2016 who were Hispanic.

Source: 2016 American Community Survey


9.2 million

The number of veterans age 65 and older in 2016. At the other end of the age spectrum, 1.6 million were younger than age 35.

Source: 2016 American Community Survey


When They Served

6.7 million

The number of Vietnam Era veterans in 2016. Moreover, there were 7.1 million who served during the Gulf War (representing service from August 1990 to present); 768,263 who served in World War II; 1.6 million who served in the Korean War; and 2.4 million who served in peacetime only.

Source: 2016 American Community Survey


The number of living veterans in 2016 who served during three wartime periods:

65,562 served during the Vietnam Era and both periods of the Gulf War (August 1990 to August 2001 and September 2001 or later).

25,703served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam Era.


The number of living veterans in 2016 who served during two wartime periods:

1,150,328served during both periods of the Gulf War (August 1990 to August 2001 and September 2001 or later).

285,649 served during the Gulf War (August 1990 to August 2001) and the Vietnam Era.

140,101 served during the Korean War and the Vietnam Era.

56,105served during World War II and the Korean War.

Source: 2016 American Community Survey


Where They Live


The number of states with 1.0 million or more veterans in 2016. These states were California(1.6 million), Texas (1.5 million) and Florida (1.4 million).

Source: 2016 American Community Survey




The percentage of veterans 25 years and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2016. In comparison, 31.5 percent of nonveterans had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Source: 2016 American Community Survey




The annual median income of male veterans in 2016, compared with $35,365 for male nonveterans.

Source: 2016 American Community Survey



The annual median income of female veterans in 2016, compared with $23,445 for female nonveterans.

Source: 2016 American Community Survey


On the Job

7.0 million

The number of veterans 18 to 64 years old in the labor force in 2016. Of those veterans, 6.7 million were employed.

Source: 2016 American Community Survey


Service-Connected Disabilities

4.0 million

The number of veterans with a service-connected disability rating in 2016. Of this number,1.3 million had a rating of 70.0 percent or higher. A “service-connected” disability is one that was a result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service. Severity of one’s disability is scaled from 0.0 to 100.0 percent, and eligibility for compensation depends on one’s rating.

Source: 2016 American Community Survey



14.4 million

The number of veterans who voted in the 2016 presidential election. In that election, 69.6 percent of veterans cast a ballot, compared with 60.6 percent of nonveterans. These rates reflect the citizen voting-age population.

Source: Reported Voting and Registration, by Sex, Veteran Status, and Age: November 2016, Table 13


Business Owners


The number of all U.S. employer firms that are majority owned by veterans. Veteran-owned firms comprised 7.2 percent of the nation's 5.5 million employer businesses.

Source: 2015 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs 



Nearly One-Quarter of Veterans Live in Rural Areas, Census Bureau Reports

About 5 million (24.1 percent) U.S. veterans 18 years and older lived in areas designated as rural between 2011 and 2015, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

The report found that when considering demographic and economic characteristics, rural veterans were similar to urban veterans except for their median household income and employment rates.

Rural veterans had median household incomes more similar to those of rural nonveterans than urban veterans ($53,554 compared with $52,161 and $59,674, respectively). The poverty rate for all rural veterans was 6.9 percent. This rate increased by level of rurality, to a high of 8.6 percent for veterans in completely rural counties. Level of rurality is based on the percentage of the county population living in rural areas.

Working-age rural veterans (18 to 64 years old) had an employment rate of 66.0 percent, lower than rural nonveterans and urban veterans (67.7 percent and 70.7 percent, respectively). The employment rate of rural veterans decreased as the level of rurality increased. Employed rural veterans, however, were more likely to work full time and year-round than rural nonveterans (81.6 percent compared with 71.5 percent).

“In general, rural veterans were different from rural nonveterans in the ways veterans are typically different from nonveterans, and rural veterans were different from urban veterans in the ways all rural residents are different from their urban counterparts,” Kelly Holder, demographer, said. “The two exceptions were employment rates and median household income where rural veterans were more like their rural neighbors.”

These findings are from the Census Bureau’s Veterans in Rural America report that uses American Community Survey 5-year statistics. The Census Bureau released these statistics on Dec. 8, which are available for all geographic areas regardless of population size, down to the block-group level.


Other Highlights:


  • Just under half of all rural veterans lived in the South (45.9 percent), followed by 26.4 percent in the Midwest, 14.1 percent in the West, and 13.7 percent in the Northeast.


  • The median age of rural veterans was about 15 years higher than rural nonveterans and 2 years higher than urban veterans, and their age increased as the level of rurality increased. Rural veterans living in counties that were completely rural were the oldest, with a median age of 66.

Health Insurance

  • During the 2011-2015 period, 5.2 percent of all rural veterans and 15.4 percent of all rural nonveterans were not covered by any type of health insurance plan. Of the rural veterans who had health insurance during this period, 30.3 percent had private insurance only, 24.6 percent had public insurance only, and the remainder (45.1 percent) had a combination of private and public insurance.



About the American Community Survey

The American Community Survey provides a wide range of important statistics about all communities in the United States. The American Community Survey gives communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Retailers, homebuilders, fire departments, and town and city planners are among the many private- and public-sector decision makers who count on these annual results. For some examples, visit the Stats in Action page.


Local News Briefs

Salvation Army 'Kettle Campaign' to run Nov. 22 - Dec.23

The Salvation Army of Pulaski County has announced its annual holiday kettle campaign will run Nov. 22 - Dec. 23, in the lobby at Sanders Grocery in Winamac.

Funds raised during the campaign will be utilized in Pulaski County.

CFPC to participate in #GivingTuesday Nov. 28

Community Foundation of Pulaski County (CFPC) will participate in #GivingTuesday for the third year in a row, encouraging giving back to the communities we live and work in.

Occurring this year on Nov. 28, the annual day of giving is held each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Pulaski County Historical Society membership drive underway

The Pulaski County Historical Society welcomes new - and "re-newed" members as it launches its annual membership drive for 2018.

As 2017 draws to a close, many current or new members may prefer to pay their tax deductable memberships before the new year begins. Memberships also make thoughtful gifts for the holiday season.

PCPL lists November events

The Pulaski County Public Library has listed its special programs and activities for November which include a Heavenly Dairy class, Health Insurance Marketplace one-on-one sessions, make-and-take sweater mittens and a sandhill cranes presentation.

For more information on any program, call the library at 574-946- 3432.

Next Food Finders Mobile Pantry visit Dec. 1

The next Food Finders Mobile Pantry Food Give Away Day will begin at 11 a.m., Friday (Dec. 1), at the Pulaski County Highway Garage, U.S. 35 North, Winamac.

The Mobile Pantry will be distributing food, possibly including fozen meat, beverages, snacks, baked goods, vegetables and cereal to people in need in the Winamac area.

Plans underway for Chamber's Winter Wonderland Dec. 2

The Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce will once again ring in the holidays with its 15th annual Winter Wonderland, set for Saturday, Dec. 2, in Winamac.

The event will feature activities at Eastern Pulaski Elementary School, downtown Winamac, and the Pulaski County Public Library in Winamac. Also, merchants and businesses countywide are encouraged to hold special sales and activities during the day.

CLASP annual Toy Store Dec. 9; volunteers welcome

CLASP's annual Toy Store will be Saturday, Dec. 9,  from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, at Pulaski County Human Services (PCHS), on the corner of Pearl and Logan streets, Winamac.

Anyone who would like to volunteer the day of the Toy Store and Gift Distribution is welcome to do so. Contact Human Services by calling 946-6500 or email at

Give thanks for good health by donating blood this holiday season

The next local opportunity to donate blood to the American Red Cross will be from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29, at West Central High School, U.S. 421, Francesville.

The American Red Cross encourages people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need.

4-H enrollment opens for Pulaski County

Pulaski County 4-H enrollment opened Oct. 1, and will run through Jan. 15.

New and current 4-H members can enroll by going online at or by picking up an enrollment form at any of the local schools or the Extension Office. There is a $15 state program fee for each 4-H member to enroll in 4-H. Kindergarten through second grade members are exempt.


Indiana News

Need help navigating your Medicare options?

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program can help

INDIANAPOLIS – The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a counseling program for people with Medicare.

SHIP is provided by the Indiana Department of Insurance and Administration on Community Living. SHIP is part of a federal network of State Health Insurance Assistance Programs located in every state.

Food Finders Food Bank receives pet food donation

LAFAYETTE - Food Finders Food Bank recently received a pet food donation of 820 bags of dog and cat food totaling 31,160 pounds from PetSmart’s Buy a Bag, Give a Meal program. For every bag of pet food purchased from PetSmart until Dec. 31, they will donate a meal to a pet in need.

The families Food Finders serves often struggle with difficult choices like paying the rent or buying food, and some have to choose between keeping their pet and putting food on the table. Pets provide comfort and become part of the family, and people who are struggling financially more than likely will need food for their pets as well.

Veterans Day 2017 - Veterans by the numbers

From U.S. Census Bureau

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I.

Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars.

Food Finders Food Bank kicks off 'Drive Away Hunger'

LAFAYETTE – Food Finders Food Bank is launching its annual Drive Away Hunger Fall Food Drive, a community-wide effort from Oct.19 through Dec. 1.

Drive Away Hunger represents a community-wide effort to raise 400,000 meals during a six-week campaign. Food Finders is calling on the community to unite in helping to stock the food bank’s shelves to ensure that our neighbors facing hunger have enough to eat this winter.

Indiana Dept. of Agriculture launches conservation ‘one-stop’

INDIANAPOLIS – Improving water quality and soil health continues to be a priority for farmers statewide, and while data has always been available to support this claim, it hasn’t been accessible in one, easily navigable location.

To address this issue, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), using information compiled by the Indiana Conservation Partnership (ICP), launched Oct. 12 an online story map, a one-stop shop for Indiana’s conservation efforts.

The Power of Poison coming to the Indiana State Museum

Highly interactive, family-friendly exhibition explores science, legend of poisons 

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana State Museum explores the historical fascination with toxins in The Power of Poison.

The prestigious national traveling exhibition, on loan from the American Museum of Natural History in New York, opens at the museum on Saturday, Oct. 21 and runs to Feb. 11.

Important corrections made to Indiana Hunting & Trapping Guide

Indiana deer and waterfowl hunters need to be aware of two important changes in the print version of the 2017-2018 Hunting & Trapping Guide.

Due to recent legislation passed this year by the Indiana General Assembly, hunters can no longer use rifles when hunting deer on public land. “Public land” includes both state and federal property. Before the change, the use of rifles on public land had been legal.

Governor’s order begins process to distribute $40.9 million from VW settlement

INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb signed Thursday (Oct. 12) an executive order outlining next steps to distribute Indiana’s $40.9 million portion of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund (trust fund), which was formed as a result of a settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Volkswagen Corporation for its violation of the federal Clean Air Act.

The executive order establishes the Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund Committee and names the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) as the beneficiary of and the administrative agency for the trust fund.


Post News

CFPC awards youth grants

Two county youth organizations have recently been awarded grants totaling $800 through the Good Oil/BP Youth Philanthropy Fund.

Checks were presented to Boy Scout Troop #229 to support their 2018 Summer Camp, and to the Winamac Community High School Arts Department for “Sculpting Clay/Shaping Futures” project.

EPCS board approves teachers' master contract

WINAMAC - A new master contract with the Eastern Pulaski Teachers Association was approved by the Eastern Pulaski Community School Board at its month meeting Monday evening (Nov. 13).

Superintendent Dan Foster recommended an approximate three percent increase in compensation and some updated language in the contract. The contract was earlier approved by the teachers association.

Winamac Community Pool Committee continues to raise funds, study options

WINAMAC - The Winamac Community Pool Committee will go forward with efforts to raise funds for a new town pool, as it was charged to do when formed two years ago - even without the support of the Winamac Town Council which was unexpectedly withdrawn last month.

That was the word from pool committee chairman Judy Heater at an informational meeting last week. The committee will also study any alternative options it may have.

Gutwein to retire from BraunAbility; Staci Kroon to succeed as president and CEO

WINAMAC - Nick Gutwein, who has led BraunAbility since 2008, has announced his retirement to BraunAbility’s board of directors.

The board has selected Staci Kroon as the new president and CEO, and she will assume the role on Nov. 27. She will also serve as a director for BraunAbility.

Winamac Kiwanis distributes dictionaries to EPES, WCES third graders

Once again, the Winamac Kiwanis Club has distributed a dictionary to every third grader at Eastern Pulaski and West Central elementary schools.

In early November, nine members of the Kiwanis Club visited both schools to give 160 dictionaries, which are the student’s to keep and use throughout the school year at school or home. Many teachers find the specific dictionary provided incredibly useful – as it includes a lot more than just words.

Huggler hired as new basketball coach at Winamac Community HS

WINAMAC - Alan Huggler will return to the helm as varsity basketball coach at Winamac Community High School, following approval by the Eastern Pulaski Community School Board in a special session Monday evening (Nov. 6).

Huggler, 52, is a math teacher at the high school. He coached the Warriors for four seasons, from 2003-07. He was selected from among nine candidates who applied for the coaching position.

West Central School Board approves teacher contracts

FRANCESVILLE - The West Central School Board approved teacher contracts at its monthly meeting Thursday (Nov. 2).

Teacher salary is based upon 2016-17 evaluations, which are based upon the State ISTEP and state-assigned letter grades for schools.

4-H Junior Leaders, Sunshine Society conduct food drive

The Pulaski County Junior Leaders 4-H Club and the Winamac Community High School Sunshine Society collected over 1,000 pounds of food during their annual food drive Oct. 24.

The "Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat" food drive was conducted that evening in Winamac and Francesville.