FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Missouri Arthritis and Osteoporosis Program
November 11, 2014 (888) 702-8818
Thank Our Veterans and Offer Steps to Better Health
Today, November 11, we celebrate Veterans Day. Veterans Day was originally proclaimed as “Armistice Day” In November 1919 at the end of World War I. The Act of 1938 officially made this day a legal holiday “to be dedicated to the cause of world peace”, primarily to honor veterans of World War I (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2014). Veterans Day, as we know it today, became official in 1954 in order to honor American veterans of all wars. The purpose of Veterans Day is “a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good” (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2014). We thank all of our veterans for their service!
As of September 30, 2014, Missouri has a population of just under 495,000 veterans (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2014). Nearly 172,000 of those living veterans are ages 45-64 and over 226,000 are age 65+ (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 2014). About 80% of adults aged 65 and older have one chronic condition and 50% have at least two (CDC, 2011).