Over a span of many decades, U.S. military veterans have represented a substantial portion of the general population. But in recent years, the number of American populants within Congress or with any past military experience is on the decrease.
According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, in 2021, Gulf War-era veterans now make up the largest portion of veterans within America, more so than Vietnam and other wartime conflicts.
The survey also showed that fewer veterans are seeking and securing seats in Congress, with only 17 percent of current lawmakers holding military experience.
Interestingly enough, the data also indicated that the Veterans Affairs agency of the federal government is favorable by a majority of respondents from the survey. However, in comparison to other agencies, like the US Postal Service or the CDC, the Veterans Affairs agency is involved with a considerable amount of unfavorable reception, the survey found.
The Pew Research Center is a US-based nonpartisan think tank devoted to public opinion polling, demographic analysis, and social science research.