Once 16 million strong, U.S. veterans of World War II are dying at a rate of more than 1,000 a day and now number about 2.5 million, the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates.In terms of when these vets will no longer be with us, the current estimate is 2020. The AP quotes a historian form a World War II museum.
... judging by the passing of the World War I veterans, we're predicting they will all be gone by 2020.
Veterans have come to see the importance of making sure their history is record. A Navy Cross recipient said:
There was a time when it was difficult to talk about some parts of it. But not any more. Now it's important to get it down.