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SOURCE: The Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of Iraq and Afgh...
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SOURCE: The Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of Iraq and Afgh...
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SOURCE: The Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of Iraq and Afghanistan Active Duty
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The Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of Iraq and Afghanistan Active Duty Soldiers and Veterans

  1. 1. NOTE: Don’t know/Refused responses not shown. SOURCE: The Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of Iraq and Afghanistan Active Duty Soldiers and Veterans (conducted August 1 – December 15, 2013) Many Report Worse Physical Or Emotional Health After War 12% 11% 12% 12% 12% 12% 43% 56% 37% 31% 39% 28% 45% 34% 50% 56% 49% 59% Better Worse About the same Physical health All Mental and emotional health Combat arms Combat support All Combat arms Combat support Thinking about your physical/mental and emotional health now compared to before your involvement in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan war(s) would you say your physical/mental and emotional health now is better, worse, or about the same?
  2. 2. 51% 66% 42% All Combat arms Combat support SOURCE: The Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of Iraq and Afghanistan Active Duty Soldiers and Veterans (conducted August 1 – December 15, 2013) Widespread Awareness Of Suicide Attempts And Homelessness …become homeless, or not?…attempted or died by suicide, or not? 20% 26% 16% Do you personally know a service member or veteran from the Iraq or Afghanistan wars who has…
  3. 3. After your active duty military service/Thinking ahead to when you decide to leave the military, would you say your/do you think your re-adjustment to civilian life was/will be easy or difficult? Transitioning To Civilian Life Easy 50% Was Difficult 39% Will Be Difficult 10% Is doing enough 46% Is NOT doing enough 51% No opinion 4% SOURCE: The Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of Iraq and Afghanistan Active Duty Soldiers and Veterans (conducted August 1 – December 15, 2013) Overall, do you think the military is or is not doing enough to help veterans transition back to civilian life?
  4. 4. NOTE: Don’t know/Refused responses not shown. SOURCE: The Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of Iraq and Afghanistan Active Duty Soldiers and Veterans (conducted August 1 – December 15, 2013) Majority Feel Disconnected, Not Understood Now I am going to read to you things that some service members have experienced and others have not. For each, tell me how often, if at all, you personally have experienced the following as a result of your military service. 69% 55% 45% 41% 19% 29% 44% 52% 59% 66% 2% 15% Feeling the average American didn't understand your experience Feeling disconnected from civilian life Relationship problems with your spouse or partner Outbursts of anger Relationship problems with your children Often/Sometimes Rarely/Not at all Not applicable 50%
  5. 5. 38% 44% 30% 53% 58% 50% 66% 41% 4% 6% 4% 6% Worth fighting Not worth fighting No opinion Attitudes Toward The Wars All in all, considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think the war in Iraq was worth fighting/Afghanistan has been worth fighting, or not? Afghanistan Post-9/11 Service Members SOURCE: The Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of Iraq and Afghanistan Active Duty Soldiers and Veterans (conducted August 1 – December 15, 2013) and Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll (conducted December 10-15, 2013) General Public Iraq Post-9/11 Service Members General Public
  6. 6. SOURCE: The Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation Survey of Iraq and Afghanistan Active Duty Soldiers and Veterans (conducted August 1 – December 15, 2013) Nine In Ten Say They Would Do It Again Considering everything you now know about military service, if you had the chance to make the decision again, would you choose to join the military, or not? Yes 89% Dk/Ref 1% No 10%

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