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What Americans are getting wrong about veterans | Task and Purpose

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American society is diverse not only in terms of gender and origin but also in terms of views, attitudes, and personal experiences.

United States report for 2020 Nearly 18 million veterans are still alive in the United States, according to the Census Bureau, including over three million veterans of the Global War on Terror and the Gulf War, six million veterans of the Vietnam War, and roughly a million veterans of the Korean War. Perhaps this declining population and the fact that fewer Americans actually know a veteran contribute to the many misconceptions that still exist about them. The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that there are over 2 million female veterans in the United States, and that they are the “fastest growing segment” of veterans, estimated to account for 18% of the veteran population by 2040. The VA’s data also indicates that over the coming decades, there will be a rise in the proportion of minorities among veterans. Not every veteran has served in combat and not every veteran is a hardened warrior. Not all veterans have PTSD. One of the most pervasive misconceptions about serving in the military is that everyone leaves their particular branch with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The great majority of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans do not, according to the VA, which estimates that only 11 to 20% of them experience PTSD “in a given year.” People enlist in the military for a variety of reasons. Although it has long been believed that people who enlist in the military do so because they have no other choice, this is untrue. The motivations behind joining the military can range from seeking a career or even just a short period of time in uniform to wanting to take on a new challenge or perhaps being inspired by a badass movie to visit the local recruiting office.



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