Magazine article VFW Magazine

Vets: Vanishing Breed in Congress

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Vets: Vanishing Breed in Congress

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When the 105th Congress convened last month, the number of veterans among its members was one of the lowest totals since the end of World War II. Only the 103rd Congress, with 180 veterans, had fewer ex-service people.

The current Congress counts 184 veterans among its members, 136 in the House and 48 in the Senate. Although the 79th (1945-46) and 81 st (1949-50) Congresses both had less veterans in the Senate, 30 and 47 respectively, their overall number of veterans was higher.

The number of veterans in Congress has been declining since the 91 st Congress (1969-70), which included 69 veterans in the Senate and 320 in the House. However, the Senate had 73 veterans in the 92nd, 93rd, 94th (1971-76) and 97th (1981-82) Congresses.

"Despite the significant decline of the number of veterans in Congress, VFW can still count on many friends in both the House and Senate," said Jim Magill, VFW's director of National Legislative Service. …

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