November 11, 2011
In Honor of Our Veterans
As we commemorate another Veterans Day, the SLU community is invited to learn more about the day and the individuals it honors.
- The Census Bureau estimates that there are 21.8 million veterans in the United States. There is also an estimated 505,900 living in the state of Missouri.
- Of all living veterans, 35 percent served during the Vietnam War. Of that number, 54,000 also served in World War II as well as the Korean War.
- Veterans Day began as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. In 1926, Congress passed a resolution for the day to be observed annually, and in 1954, Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation changing the holiday's name to "Veterans Day" and issued the first Veterans Day proclamation.
- Veterans Day is still celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom and in other areas that are part of the British Commonwealth.
- There are an estimated 200 veterans receiving benefits at Saint Louis University.
- Recently, Saint Louis University was named a "Military Friendly School" by G.I. Jobs for the third consecutive year. The publication's 2012 list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students. Learn more about the benefits SLU offers to student veterans at the Veterans Benefits web page.
- Specific benefits that SLU offers student veterans includes the Yellow Ribbon Program, which awards 50 eligible veterans a maximum of $10,000 for tuition and University charges. Find out more at SLU's Yellow Ribbon Program web page.
- SLU also offers credit for military service, and the University's School of Professional Studies actively recruits from Scott Air Force Base.