A look at the members of Congress who served first in uniform

November 12, 2013

The number of lawmakers who are military veterans has been on a steady decline since the 1970s, when the majority of members had served in the Vietnam War, Korean War or World War II, according to a recent report from the Congressional Research Service.

Today less than 20 percent of senators and representatives have active-duty military service on their records, despite the past decade of wars abroad.


The number of veteran lawmakers peaked in 1977 at 80 percent. Now, the 113th Congress consists of the fewest number of veterans since World War II.

PostTV’s “In Play” takes a look at some of the 104 lawmakers, now in Congress, who first served in the military.

Watch the full Veterans Day show from “In Play.”

How important do you think it is for lawmakers to have a history of military service?

Tell us by tweeting #InPlay or posting in the comments below.

Casey Capachi is a video and web producer for The Washington Post.
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