Facts about u.s. veterans

- According to the state Department of Veteran Affairs, there are now approximately 62,628 veterans living in Alameda County. In Contra Costa County, the number is 59,826.

- There are approximately 1,865,342 veterans currently living in California, of those, 165,439 are females. At the East Bay Stand Down, there were 21 women in attendance.

- As of 2012, there are approximately 1,699,903 male veterans in California. There were 353 men in attendance at the East Bay Stand Down.

- According to Housing California, a nonprofit organization, about 26 percent of all the homeless in California are veterans. California has the highest number of homeless veterans in the country, according to the organization.

Source: California Department of Veterans Affairs and Housing California

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