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Errors in Data for the Period of Service for Veterans: 2008 ACS, 2006-2008 ACS and Prior Years Going Back to the 2000 ACS

Component ID: #ti1788263090

An error was discovered in the processing of the ACS that has produced an overestimate of the number of veterans that served between World War II and the Korean War in the ACS from 2000-2008. Answers of "don't know" or "refused" to the period of service question were incorrectly recorded as served between World War II and the Korean War for a small number of people. We estimate that the national totals for that population are overestimated by about 8,000 veterans (about 5 percent of the veteran population) in the 2008 ACS tables, and by a similar amount in the 2000-2007 ACS tables. However, the estimated percentage of veterans that served between World War II and the Korean War did not change. Corrected 2008 data will appear in the 2009 ACS 1-year Comparison Profiles. Corrected 2008 data will also be used to produce the 2005-2009 ACS 5-year and 2007-2009 ACS 3-year data products as well as future multiyear products. We do not plan to rerelease any of the existing ACS 1-year or 3-year tables on American FactFinder, or any of the ACS PUMS files.

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