After the Wars - Post-Kaiser survey of Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans

In this poll:

The Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a nationally representative survey among Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. Click "Detailed view" on any question to view results by military branch, combat arms/combat support, gender and other groups.

Poll Questions

Q: When you first joined the military, did you plan to serve for a long career of at least 20 years or detach after a shorter period?

No opinion

Q: Considering everything you now know about military service, if you had the chance to make the decision again, would you choose to join the military, or not?

No opinion

Q: Do you think the average member of the military Is more or less patriotic than the average person who is not in the military, or are they no different?

Q: Do you think the average member of the military tends to have better or worse moral and ethical values than the average person who is not in the military, or are they no different?

Q: How would you rate the job the government is doing in meeting the needs of the current generation of veterans?

Q: Thinking about your own experience, how would you rate the job the government is doing in meeting your needs as a soldier/veteran?

Q: Which comes closer to your view: In these time of budget deficits, benefits for future generations of soldiers must be reduced or the military will become increasingly unaffordable OR Benefits for future generations of soldiers SHOULD NOT be reduced, even if this contributes to budget deficits?

No opinion

Q: And now thinking about service members who deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan and then separate from the military before the 20 year mark: do you think these service members get (more benefits) from the military than they deserve, (fewer benefits) than they deserve, or about the right amount given their service?

Q: How would you rate the job the Veterans Administration is doing to meet the needs of military veterans? Is the VA doing an excellent, good, only fair or poor job?

Q: Relative to how it serves previous generations of veterans, do you think the VA puts too much focus, not enough focus, or about the right amount of focus on the needs of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan?

Q: Have you taken advantage of the Post-9/11 GI bill, or not?

No opinion

Q: (IF NOT USED GI BILL) How interested are you in taking advantage of the GI bill: very interested, somewhat interested, not too interested, or not at all interested?

Q: Do you think most Americans' respect for the military is genuine, or do you think most Americans are just saying things they think people want to hear?

Q: Would you say that overall, you like or dislike talking about your service with casual acquaintances or strangers?

Q: When you see a yellow ribbon honoring military service, does that make you feel good, or does it feel like more of an empty gesture?

Q: Overall, do you think the military is or is not doing enough to help veterans transition back to civilian life?

No opinion

Q: (IF NOT ON ACTIVE DUTY) After your active duty military service, would you say your re-adjustment to civilian life was very easy, somewhat easy, somewhat difficult or very difficult?

Q: (IF ON ACTIVE DUTY) Thinking ahead to when you decide to leave the military, do you think your re-adjustment to civilian life will be very easy, somewhat easy, somewhat difficult or very difficult?

Q: Do you feel you have all the education and skills you need in order to be competitive in the current job market, or not?

Q: (IF NOT ON PERMANENT DISABILITY) (Ask if not on permanent disability) How well do you think the skills you (learned/are learning) in the military (translate/will translate) to the civilian job market: (are they/will they be) very useful in the civilian job market, somewhat useful, not too useful, or not at all useful?

Q: From what you know or have heard about the civilian job market, do you think employers see military service as an advantage, a disadvantage, or neither?

Q: Do you think veterans deserve special advantages from employers when applying for jobs, or not?

No opinion

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

No opinion

Q: Please tell me whether the following statement applies to Obama, or not? He is a good commander-in-chief of the military.

No opinion

Q: Thinking back to when George W. Bush was president, was he a good commander-in-chief of the military, or not?

No opinion

Q: Do you support or oppose allowing women in the military to serve in ground units that engage in close combat? Do you feel that way strongly, or somewhat?

No opinion

Q: Do you think allowing women to serve in combat roles will make military effectiveness better, worse, or not make much difference?

Q: Do you think the military is or is not doing enough to prevent sexual assault among service members? Do you feel that way strongly, or somewhat?

No opinion

Q: All in all, considering the costs to the United States versus the benefits to the United States, do you think The war in Iraq was worth fighting, or not? (IF WORTH/NOT WORTH FIGHTING, ASK:) Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

Q: And do you think The war in Afghanistan has been worth fighting, or not? (IF WORTH/NOT WORTH FIGHTING, ASK:) Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

Q: In Afghanistan and Iraq, the military has been asked to engage in noncombat missions like reconstruction and operations designed to strengthen the country's social, political, and economic institutions, sometimes called 'nation-building.' Do you think these are (appropriate roles) or (inappropriate roles) for the U.S. military?

No opinion

Q: Do you think that violent conflict between Muslims and Christians is inevitable, or that it is possible for them to find common ground?

No opinion

Q: Would you say the average American does or does not appreciate your service in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan war(s)?

No opinion

Q: (IF SERVED IN IRAQ) Would you say the average Iraqi citizen does or does not appreciate your service there?

Q: (IF SERVED IN AFGHANISTAN) Would you say the average Afghan citizen does or does not appreciate your service there?

Q: How often would you say you think about your service in the Iraq and/or Afghan war(s)? Would you say every day, a few days a week, once a week, a few times a month, or less often than that?

Q: Is there anything at all you miss about your time serving in the Iraq and/or Afghan war(s), or not?

No opinion

Q: For each, tell me how often, if at all, you personally have experienced the following as a result of your military service. Relationship problems with your spouse or partner.

Q: For each, tell me how often, if at all, you personally have experienced the following as a result of your military service. Outbursts of anger.

Q: For each, tell me how often, if at all, you personally have experienced the following as a result of your military service. Feeling disconnected from civilian life.

Q: For each, tell me how often, if at all, you personally have experienced the following as a result of your military service. Feeling the average American didn't understand your experience.

Q: For each, tell me how often, if at all, you personally have experienced the following as a result of your military service. Relationship problems with your children.

Q: Not asking any details, but just generally, for each of the following, would you say you did anything in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan war(s) that made you feel proud, or not?

Q: Not asking any details, but just generally, for each of the following, would you say you did anything in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan war(s) that made you feel guilty, or not?

Q: Not asking any details, but just generally, for each of the following, would you say you did anything in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan war(s) that made you question the mission, or not?

Q: Thinking about your physical health now compared to before your involvement in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan war(s) would you say your physical health now is better, worse, or about the same?

Q: Were you ever seriously injured while performing your duties in the Iraq/Afghanistan war(s)? (If yes,) Were any of those injuries combat-related, or not?

Q: Comparing your mental and emotional health now to before your involvement in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan war(s), would you say it is better now, worse now, or about the same?

Q: Overall, how well would you say your Physical health needs are being met today? Very well, somewhat well, not too well or not at all well?

Q: Overall, how well would you say your Mental or emotional health needs are being met today? Very well, somewhat well, not too well or not at all well?

Q: Do you personally know a service member or veteran from the Iraq or Afghanistan wars who has attempted or committed suicide, or not?

No opinion

Q: Do you personally know a service member or veteran from the Iraq or Afghanistan wars who has become homeless, or not?

No opinion

Q: In the past year, have you and your family experienced any of the following things, or not? In the past year, have you and your family Had trouble getting medical care, or not?

No opinion

Q: In the past year, have you and your family experienced any of the following things, or not? In the past year, have you and your family Had problems paying medical bills, or not?

No opinion

Q: In the past year, have you and your family experienced any of the following things, or not? In the past year, have you and your family Had problems paying your rent or mortgage, or not?

No opinion

Q: In the past year, have you and your family experienced any of the following things, or not? In the past year, have you and your family Increased your credit card debt, or not?

No opinion

Q: In the past year, have you and your family experienced any of the following things, or not? In the past year, have you and your family Taken on an extra job or worked extra hours because you needed the money, or not?

No opinion

Q: Has the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or Department of Defense determined that you have a service-connected disability; that is, a health condition or impairment caused or made worse by any of your military service?

Q: Did either of your parents or any of your grandparents serve in the military, or not?

No opinion

Q: How many of your close friends have served in the military - would you say all of them, most of them, some of them or hardly any of them have served in the military?

Q: Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a?

 
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