Special Report

States With the Most Veterans

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45. Illinois
> Veteran population: 5.3% of adults (526,153 total)
> Post Sept. 11, 2001 era veterans: 17.9% of vets — 16th lowest (94,140 total)
> Gulf War era veterans, 1990-2001: 18.5% of vets — 13th lowest (97,146 total)
> Vietnam War era veterans: 36.9% of vets — 18th highest (193,938 total)
> Korean War veterans: 7.4% of vets — 14th highest (39,058 total)
> WWII veterans: 2.8% of vets — 8th highest (14,507 total)
> Veteran population with a disability: 29.5% — 22nd lowest

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44. Connecticut
> Veteran population: 5.5% of adults (156,499 total)
> Post Sept. 11, 2001 era veterans: 16.8% of vets — 10th lowest (26,324 total)
> Gulf War era veterans, 1990-2001: 15.8% of vets — 5th lowest (24,788 total)
> Vietnam War era veterans: 35.9% of vets — 16th lowest (56,209 total)
> Korean War veterans: 10.2% of vets — the highest (15,900 total)
> WWII veterans: 3.3% of vets — 4th highest (5,122 total)
> Veteran population with a disability: 27.3% — 5th lowest

43. Rhode Island
> Veteran population: 5.8% of adults (49,471 total)
> Post Sept. 11, 2001 era veterans: 13.7% of vets — the lowest (6,786 total)
> Gulf War era veterans, 1990-2001: 14.7% of vets — 2nd lowest (7,258 total)
> Vietnam War era veterans: 39.3% of vets — 5th highest (19,445 total)
> Korean War veterans: 8.1% of vets — 8th highest (3,999 total)
> WWII veterans: 4.5% of vets — the highest (2,221 total)
> Veteran population with a disability: 28.7% — 15th lowest

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42. Minnesota
> Veteran population: 6.4% of adults (276,686 total)
> Post Sept. 11, 2001 era veterans: 16.1% of vets — 6th lowest (44,628 total)
> Gulf War era veterans, 1990-2001: 15.5% of vets — 4th lowest (42,968 total)
> Vietnam War era veterans: 40.5% of vets — the highest (112,039 total)
> Korean War veterans: 8.4% of vets — 7th highest (23,233 total)
> WWII veterans: 3.0% of vets — 6th highest (8,243 total)
> Veteran population with a disability: 28.1% — 7th lowest

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41. Louisiana
> Veteran population: 6.5% of adults (229,938 total)
> Post Sept. 11, 2001 era veterans: 21.6% of vets — 23rd highest (49,732 total)
> Gulf War era veterans, 1990-2001: 23.6% of vets — 14th highest (54,340 total)
> Vietnam War era veterans: 36.5% of vets — 25th lowest (83,972 total)
> Korean War veterans: 6.0% of vets — 18th lowest (13,684 total)
> WWII veterans: 1.4% of vets — 8th lowest (3,177 total)
> Veteran population with a disability: 34.1% — 7th highest

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