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How we lionize and infantilize our military veterans, to their detriment and ours | GovExec

How we lionize and infantilize our military veterans, to their detriment and ours | GovExec

A 2015 survey of attitudes toward post-9/11 military veterans showed respondents three photos: a clean-cut, professional-looking man wearing a shirt and tie sitting at a laptop; a guy dressed in a tee-shirt and overalls leaning over the open hood of a car; and a disheveled, dirty man sitting on the ground holding a sign that says “Please Help. God Bless.” Respondents assigned a list of traits to each picture, including “military veteran.” Sixteen percent of respondents thought the computer guy was a veteran, while 23 percent said the auto mechanic was a vet.

Forty-four percent of respondents said the “homeless” man was a veteran, though there was nothing in the picture to indicate he’d served in the military.

Source: Honoring Service