Veterans Day is a time to honor those who served our country. Although it began on November 11, 1919 as Armistice Day to celebrate the first anniversary of the end of World War I, November 11 was deemed the official date to honor all American veterans in 1938. In 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day.
According to History.com, there are about 23.2 million veterans in the United States. Of those, 9.2 million are over the age of 65, and 1.8 million are women. Thirty-three percent, or 7.8 million, of living veterans served during the Vietnam War. There were 2.6 million who served during World War II and 2.8 million served during the Korean War. There are 5.2 million veterans who served during the Gulf War to the present time.
Due to the injuries and traumas of combat, veterans represent a population at elevated risk for dementia and cognitive decline. Family and friends of veterans should be aware of any changes in behavior that may indicate the onset of these diseases.
These heroes left behind the comfort of their homes and families to ensure a better, safer life for all Americans. Because of the sacrifices the men and women in our armed forces have made, and continue to make, all Americans are afforded the luxury of freedom. On this Veterans Day, make sure to thank our veterans and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.