Monday was Veterans Day, and much of the national media spoke about about the brave men and women who serve our nation in the military. We thought we’d add some context to that conversation.
Currently, there are about 21 million veterans in the United States, about 2.3 million of them have served in Iraq or Afghanistan.
A Pew Research poll finds that 84 percent of soldiers who served their country after 9/11 believe the public does not understand the problems they and their families face. About half our nation’s soldiers say they’ve dealt with strained family relations since leaving the military. Additionally, the divorce rate is the highest it has been since 1999.
An estimated 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have PTSD, and the suicide rate among veterans is more than double the civilian rate.
While only about seven percent of the U.S. population can claim veteran status, about 13 percent of the homeless population are veterans.
So, while we continue to observe a holiday to recognize those who serve, lets ask ourselves if our actions as a nation truly do honor to their service – and if we still support the troops after they come home.