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New Statistics On New York State's Veteran Population

Nov 10, 2015

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News)  A new report shows almost a third of the veterans living in New York state served during the Vietnam War era. 

State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a snapshot of the 890,000 veterans living in the state as Veterans' Day approaches on Wednesday. Nearly three-quarters of the state's veterans served during wartime. The largest number of veterans was in the 65-to-69 age group. 

Suffolk County on Long Island is home to the largest population of veterans in the state, with just over 76,000.

Though sparsely populated Hamilton County in the Adirondacks is home to the fewest veterans, the county has the highest concentration of veterans statewide: 133 out of every 1,000 people.

Monroe County has just over 44,000 veterans