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This past Monday, America celebrated Veterans Day, a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
As a quick side note, Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who have died while in military service. There is another military holiday, Armed Forces Day, a U.S. remembrance that also occurs in May, which honors those currently serving in the U.S. military. November, in general, is also Military Family Month, which recognizes and honors Military Families for their numerous contributions and daily sacrifices to the Army and the nation.
When we think about veterans, we conjure up images of men and women who bravely fought for their country of birth and gave their lives so millions of people around the world could enjoy the freedoms we have today. One statistic that oftentimes gets overlooked, however, is the amount of foreign-born U.S. Veterans who have served under the American Flag.
By the numbers: according to the Migration Policy Institute 2.4 million, or 13%, of the U.S. veteran population was born outside the country or are children of immigrants. The chart below provided by Statista points out that “out of the foreign-born veterans, 17. 5 percent were born in Mexico and 17.3 percent were born in the Philippines. Nearly 5 percent came from Germany, almost 4 percent were born in Colombia and the U.K. Three percent of veterans hailed from Guyana, Cuba and Vietnam. Two percent were born in Panama. Forty percent of foreign-born veterans came from other countries that were not identified in the chart.”