Veterans' services seen as priority in the US
Departments dealing with veteran affairs exist in countries such as the US, the UK, France and Germany.
The Veterans Day Parade takes place in New York, the US, November 11, 2017 (local time). Around 40,000 veterans, servicemen, family members of military personnel and high school students participate in the parade. /VCG Photo
In the US, Department of Veterans Affairs was formed in 1989 and is the second-largest of the Cabinet departments after the Department of Defense. In President Abraham Lincoln's words, the department is to "care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."
Data released by the Department of Veterans Affairs shows that the number of veterans in the US was about 20.4 million in 2016.
A Pew Research Center survey conducted in April 2017 concludes that Americans still view veterans' services as a priority.