AGRIBUSINESS: Rural Veterans Older Than Non-Veterans

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Nearly 4 million veterans reside in rural America, and make up about 11 percent of the rural adult population, although their numbers are consistently declining.

USDA’s Economic Research Service has found that the age distribution of rural veterans tends to be older than nonveterans; more than 50 percent of rural veterans were 65 or older in 2012, compared with only 18 percent of rural nonveterans.

ERS says the aging of the rural veteran population is largely due to the fact that a smaller share of the population now serves in the military than in the past. Nearly 20 percent of American men served in the military during the second World War, compared to less than 1 percent today.


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