War Veterans in Civil Life

Archive Report

Return of war Veterans to Civilian Life

Present and Future Size of Veteran Population

War veterans comprise a substantial segment of the nation's adult population for the first time in American history. The veteran population was 16,492,000 on June 1, and the Veterans Administration estimates that the overall figure will reach 20 million by July, 1947. Veterans of World War II numbered 12,516,000 on June 1, or roughly one-tenth of the whole population and one-fifth of the labor force. Members of this group made up between one-fourth and one-third of the adult persons who “will be running the country, doing its business, paying its bills for the next quarter of a century.”1

The rapidity with which the armed forces have been demobilized has magnified the problems of ...

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