In case you were wondering, yes, this is my day off – hence the proliferation of posts. This one was inspired because this morning morning at a store, I saw that they offer a 10% discount to veterans. As it happens, I am one, and my Virginia driver’s license displays “VETERAN” in the upper right hand corner. I inquired, ready to show my license, but the discount was simply applied without question. Maybe that makes sense. I hope people would not lie about service to their country for a small discount. There are lots of active duty folks here in the Northern Virginia area. The parish is right next door to Marine Corp Base Quantico, but I don’t look the part of an active duty Marine (age and haircut). I wondered if I had inquired how many people ask for the discount, the young clerk would have a sense of an answer. Maybe there are not that many people my age who ask.
And as I mused along wondering about such things, I resolved to query how many Americans are veterans. You can find the answer to this and more in the Pew Foundation’s article: The changing face of America’s veteran population. When I read the article, I realized that I have referenced the article before – especially when I got to the question about Congressional members who have served. It is not and should not be a requirement for office, but I always wonder if the % were a lot higher we might be less prone to send other people’s children to war.
And in case you are wondering about the demographics of veterans….