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Survey finds veterans of all generations would repeat their military service

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Survey finds veterans of all generations would repeat their military service

But most don't feel supported by government and the American public.

While veterans of all generations have a positive view of their military service, only one-in-five feel the government treats veterans well and less than half believe they receive the benefits and support they were promised. These are some of the major findings of a landmark survey released today by DAV (Disabled American Veterans), a leading veteran’s service organization with nearly 1.3 million members.

"The survey shows veterans of every generation are proud of their military service and believe it had a positive impact on their life, even though many paid a price," said Marc Burgess, DAV CEO and national adjutant. "Yet the results also point to major gaps in the support, health care and disability benefits they receive. It also reveals challenges many younger veterans face finding employment. It's clear our government and country need to step up and keep the promises made to America's veterans."

Only 38% of veterans feel they had the support needed when re-entering civilian life.

The survey also found meaningful differences between the attitudes and experiences of post-9/11 veterans and those who served in earlier eras, as well as between men and women. Highlights of the survey findings include:

Views on Impact of Military Service; Challenges Faced Upon Return to Civilian Life

  • Eighty-four percent of veterans believe their military service had an overall positive impact on their life. Nearly eight in 10 would, if they had to do it all over again, repeat their service.
  • Only 38% of veterans feel they had the support needed when re-entering civilian life. Veterans identify the challenges of daily living, such as employment, finances and housing as the biggest hurdles they faced upon leaving the military.

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