Thursday, October 30, 2008

Remember Foreign-Born Veterans of U.S. Armed Forces on Veterans Day

As the United States prepares to commemorate Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) is releasing an analysis of a sometimes overlooked group of U.S. armed forces veterans: those born in other countries. As the MPI Fact Sheet shows, there are over 644,000 foreign-born veterans of the U.S. armed forces, accounting for nearly 3 percent of all surviving U.S. veterans. This figure does not include those currently serving in the military. MPI analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data from the recently released 2007 American Community Survey to produce this demographic snapshot of foreign-born veterans, including their country or region of birth, current state of residence and periods of service. The analysis shows that most foreign-born U.S. veterans migrated from European or Latin American countries. The countries where the highest numbers of U.S. immigrant veterans were born were the Philippines -- representing 12 percent of foreign-born veterans -- and Mexico, birthplace to 11 percent. The Fact Sheet is available online at

For information on the foreign born currently serving in the U.S. military, see the Migration Information Source article "Immigrants in the U.S. Armed Forces" by MPI Policy Analyst Jeanne Batalova at:


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Thank You! I'm not a veteran, but have lived with one for over 11 years (15-year army vet). We are Caribbean natives. We also operate an organization for homeless veterans and are launching a campaign to engage foreign born vets. This type of valuable information as you have provided does not come by easily. After a long time of search and query, I found you online today. Thanks again.

Posted by: HelpVets | Feb 1, 2009 1:48:02 PM

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