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Over 93% of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ annual spending funds pensions, compensation, medical care, and education programs for veterans.
Enlistment numbers have steadily dropped for the past 40 years. More than 148,318 people enlisted in the US armed forces in 2020, a 59% decline from 1980.
The 16.2 million veterans in the US in 2022 earn a higher median income and have lower rates of unemployment and poverty than the general population.
More than a quarter of migrants attempted to illegally cross into the US more than once in fiscal years 2020 and 2021.
The US reported nearly 7.7 million unauthorized border encounters between October 2019 and June 2023.
A diminishing pool of Americans are eligible to join the Army, Navy, or Air Force. An even smaller pool want to.
The first new branch of the US military since 1947, Space Force was established to protect the United States’ interests in space amid a growing spectrum of threats.
The influx of refugees dropped sharply after 2016, but appears to be growing again.
The 2021–22 school year had the highest rate of restricted reports since 2007.
Fleeing violence and poverty, thousands of migrants from Central and South America make the long and dangerous journey from Mexico to the United States every year. Hundreds perish in the process.