— As the United States marks 10 years of war, only a third of the veterans of the post-9/11 era say that the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq have both been worth fighting, according to a new Pew Research Center report.
While a majority of veterans are proud of their military service, about half say that relying too much on military might to defeat terrorist organizations fuels hatred and that only begets more terrorism.
They are among the key findings from the Pew Research Center, which explored the experiences and attitudes of post-9/11 veterans, pre-9/11 veterans and the general public. Researchers explored such matters as sacrifice, patriotism, the worth of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the best way to fight terrorism, and the gaps in understanding between the military and civilians. The report, titled "The Military-Civilian Gap," was to be released Wednesday.
The findings resulted from two nationwide surveys the Pew Research Center conducted late this summer, as the 10th anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan approached.
A total of 1,853 veterans were surveyed, including 712 who served in the military after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The general public survey was conducted among 2,003 adult respondents, the Pew Research Center reported.