In preparation for the Veteran Resource Day that was hosted by American Legion Post 147 on James Island in April, I contacted virtually every business on the island in order to research if they offered veteran discounts. Thankfully there are quite a few so I would like to express my gratitude as well as offer some free promotion. The first category is restaurants:
According to the U.S. census, with a time frame of 2011 to 2015, there are 9,124 veterans living in Charleston City and 29,554 veterans living in Charleston County. According to another source, from Data USA, of the 21,812 veterans living in Charleston County, the numbers break down as follows:
- WW II (665) (3%)
- Korea (2087) (10%)
- Vietnam (11348) (52%)
- Gulf (1990(s)) (3842) (17%)
- Gulf (2001-) (3870) 18%
In addition, in 2012 there were 1862 veteran-owned firms in Charleston city and 4,592 veteran-owned firms in Charleston County.
Bottom line, there are a lot of veterans of all ages living all around us. American Legion Post 147 on James Island is having a Veteran Resource Day on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Our goal is to conduct an outreach as well as foster a sense of community among our veterans and their families.