New Pew Study Talks War and Sacrifice in the Post-9/11 Era

9/11 was over a decade ago and veterans from the wars have something to say. Here’s the deal: the Pew Research Center wanted to figure out how post-9/11 has impacted lives by surveying a total of 1,853 veterans, (including 712 who served in the military after the attacks of September 11, 2001), and the general public (2,003 adults).

•The majority (96%) of veterans of the post-9/11 era are proud of their military service.
•More than 4 in 10 veterans have reported difficulties readjusting to civilian life.
•37% of veterans have suffered from some sort of post-traumatic stress.
•Of those who had emotionally traumatic or distressing experiences, 3 in 4 say they are still reliving them in the form of flashbacks or nightmares.
•Only 1/3 of post-9/11 veterans say that, given the costs and benefits to the U.S., the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have both been worth fighting.
•On the flip side: 1/3 of post-9/11 veterans say that the wars were not worth fighting for.

Who was serving? Only about 1/2 of 1% of the U.S. population has been on active military duty at any given time during the past decade of sustained warfare.

More Good Stuff from the Pew Study:

•More than 8 in 10 post-9/11 veterans and 74% of the public say the U.S. should not return to the draft at this time.
•9/11 veterans are more likely than the general public to say they have no particular religious affiliation (30% vs. 18%)?
•More than 9 in 10 civilians express pride in the troops and 3/4 say they thanked someone in the military. But 45% say neither of the post-9/11 wars were worth the cost and only a quarter say they are following news of the wars closely.

Folks, have you been following the wars? Have your beliefs shifted over the course of the decade?

0 thoughts on “New Pew Study Talks War and Sacrifice in the Post-9/11 Era

  1. No they have not. I have never believed this was a long-term endeavor for our troops, and they should have come home 8 years ago, and more than ever, they need to come home NOW!


  2. From a recent MSNBC report on the Pew Center study… “Of the surveyed former service members who were seriously wounded or knew someone who was killed or seriously wounded, 48 percent said the war in Iraq was worth fighting, compared with 36 percent of those veterans who had no personal exposure to casualties. ”

    I find this very interesting and thought provoking


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