Veterans Sound off on Issues of the Day
America’s veterans are some of the most active voters in the country. Every election, our veterans often play critical roles in deciding the outcome. So what are some of their thoughts on current events in the United States? Here are a few polls that illustrate where America’s military veterans stand on the issues.
Veterans generally supportive of President Trump
According to a poll conducted by PBS, 56% of veterans, including active duty military members, approve of President Trump’s job performance while 43% disapprove. The poll found that veterans and active military members were more likely than non-military civilians to supportPresident Trump, 58% of whom disapprove of the President’s job performance. When asked if they thought the president is a “strong leader,” 59% of veterans agreed with that statement. Overall, it seems that President Trump has the support of the majority of America’s military veterans.
War on Terror and national security
A recent Smithsonian poll asked veterans a wide range of questions regarding current military policy, and the results are quite interesting. When asked if the War on Terrorism has “gone on too long”, a resounding 83% of veterans said yes. However, when asked if the War on Terrorism should continue, 81% said that they believe the United States should continue to fight. Clearly, veterans have grown fatigued with America’s longest war, but they remain resolved to see it through to the end.
The same poll found that nearly 65% of veterans support President Trump’s recent order to move military troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to help stop illegal immigration. However, the vast majority of veterans reject the idea of deporting noncitizen military members or their families.
Social issues in the military
The Smithsonian poll went on to ask what veterans think of the Trump Administration’s effort to ban transgender people from serving in the military. Overall, 61% of veterans do not approve of transgender people serving in the military.
When it comes to women serving in combat roles, veterans seem to support the idea. According to the poll, 70% of veterans support sending female troops to ground combat situations.
On the homefront
Sadly, the Smithsonian poll found that most military veterans do not feel that they are being treated well enough for their physical and mental injuries suffered during their service. Only 41% of veterans feel as if they are getting sufficient treatment for physical injuries suffered during their military careers. Even fewer believe that veterans get sufficient mental health treatment (32%).
Finally, when asked if they would do it all over again and choose a career in the military, a resounding 90% of veterans stated that they would do it all over again. Although veterans are frustrated with the quality of support they receive when they return home from the battlefield, the fact that the vast majority would serve again truly illustrates what makes America’s veterans the best among us.
The mission of the Veterans Action Network is to engage in the political and policy process at the local, state, and federal level to hold elected officials responsible for how the US government wages war, and how it provides the proper support to veterans afterwards. Additionally we seek to engage veterans and the public in political action on veterans’ issues and matters of war.