On this Veterans Day 2022, our Cobb County population includes an estimated 40,000 veterans of the US Armed Forces. In addition to their brave service in defense of our freedom and country, these Cobb County residents are important members of our community.
Here is some background on our local veterans, according to data included in the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey:
- More than half of Cobb County veterans are age 55 or older. Approximately 45% of Cobb veterans fall in the 18-54 age group.
- Approximately 20% of Cobb's veterans are partially or fully disabled.
- Nearly 10% of Cobb County veterans live in poverty after serving this nation, with some of those among the county's homeless. If you know of an impoverished or homeless vet, jump to the end of this article where we list services available to assist.
- Though once relegated to a few support roles in the armed services, females now account for 13% of Cobb's military veterans.
- Nearly 80% of Cobb veterans attended college or hold a college degree.
- Cobb's population of World War II veterans is passing into history, with only approximately 150 still remaining in the county.
Veterans Day is observed on November 11 each year to recognize all who have served in the US Armed Services. Originally designated in 1938 as Armistice Day, Congress passed and President Dwight Eisenhower signed in 1954 Public Law 380 which made November 11 "Veterans Day."
This year, a number of public events are scheduled around Cobb County to observe Veterans Day. However, looming stormy weather already has caused cancellation of one of those events: the Nov. 11 Marietta Veterans Day parade.
Veterans Benefits and Services Assistance
Cobb County lists the following contact resources for veterans services and support:
- Veterans Administration
- Georgia Department of Veterans Service
- The American Legion
- Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW)
- Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
- United Military Care
- Addiction Treatment Lifeline for Veterans