Aging Veterans: Needs and Provisions

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Abstract

Current knowledge about aging is primarily based on cohorts that were born during the early part of the twentieth century. A substantial percentage of men in these cohorts, and subsequent cohorts who are currently middle aged, served in the military during war, peace, Cold War, or some combination thereof. Consequently, veterans are a sizeable demographic group in the United States. In 2000, over 26 million Americans were veterans, representing approximately 12.7% of those aged 18 years or older (U.S. Census Bureau 2003). Military service is particularly prevalent among older cohorts who served in World War II (WWII) and the Korean War (Hogan 1981); almost 9.2 million men age 65 years and older were veterans in 2000, which represents 64% of men in this age group (Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics 2008). In addition, participation in the military has increased substantially among women; in 2000, nearly 1.6 million American women were veterans (U.S. Census Bureau 2003).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbooks of Sociology and Social Research
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Pages445-461
Number of pages17
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameHandbooks of Sociology and Social Research
ISSN (Print)1389-6903
ISSN (Electronic)2542-839X

Keywords

  • Female Veteran
  • Military Service
  • Veteran Affair
  • Veteran Affair Health Care
  • Woman Veteran

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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