Veterans Corner
 
Veterans Corner - Veteran Support and Memorial Day
By: Rich Ely, Director Susquehanna County VA Office
 
The Susquehanna County Veterans Affairs Office remains active and continues to process claims and assist our veterans and their families. Any Veterans or their family members in need of assistance should call the VA office at (570) 278-5955. You will receive assistance in keeping with the current safety and social distancing protocols in place. Your questions will be answered and claims will be processed.
Memorial Day is traditionally the day when the nation pauses to honor and remember those service men and women that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Despite the current challenges we are facing today, we should not forget the significance of this day. Naturally many of the normal activities that take place are needing to be canceled or changed as we adjust to the pandemic.
Despite manufacturing shutdown and shortages in the state, Susquehanna County was able to obtain the necessary flags to be placed on our veteran’s graves throughout the county. This will be accomplished while maintaining the appropriate social distancing. We thank our many volunteers and organizations that make this possible.  Below you will find some statistics on the wars listed and the number of our brave service members that died supporting our great nation.  We are pleased to be able to continue to honor these fallen heroes because, here in Susquehanna County…. “We Value Our Vets.”  
 
Wars ranked by total number of U.S. military deaths
War
Years
Deaths
Deaths per day
U.S. population in first year of war
 
 
1861–65
750,000
       520
           31,443,000    
 
 
1941–45
405,399
       297
         133,402,000
 
 
1917–18
116,516
       279
         103,268,000
 
 
1961–75
58,209
         11
         179,323,175
 
 
1950–53
54,246
         45
         151,325,000
 
 
1775–83
25,000
         11
             2,500,000
 
 
1812–15
15,000
         15             
             8,000,000
 
 
1846–48
13,283
         29
           21,406,000
 
 
2003–11
4,576
          2
         294,043,000
 
 
1899–1902
4,196
          3.8
           72,129,001
 
 
1898
2,246
          8.9
           62,022,250
 
 
2001–present
2,216
          0.36
          294,043,000
 
"Deaths per day" is the total number of Americans killed in military service, divided by the number of days between the dates of the commencement and end of hostilities.