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Post-9/11 War Factoids: Less Than 1 Percent of Americans Fight These Wars

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For this week's cover storyNew Times tagged along with a group of combat-wounded veterans on an alligator hunt in a Florida swamp. All the men were Purple Heart recipients injured while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. To gain perspective on their lives after the war, here are a few salient facts, courtesy of a recent survey by the Pew Research Center:


  • Just one-half of 1 percent of Americans have fought in the post-9/11 wars, serving in an all-volunteer military.


  • Thirty-seven percent of the veterans who served in the post-9/11 wars say they suffer from posttraumatic stress.

  • More than 80 percent of those veterans say the American public "has little or no understanding of the problems that those in the military face."

  • 96 percent of the post-9/11 veterans are proud of their military service.

  • Yet just one-third of them say that, considering the costs and benefits to the U.S., the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have both been worth fighting.

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