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How veterans can help bridge the civil-military divide

from The Atlantic

U.S. military officer and defense blogger Crispin Burke writes: "One day in August 2014, I felt my phone buzz in my pocket. A news alert tersely stated that an American journalist, James Foley, had been beheaded by militants from the Islamic State, which had swarmed through northern Iraq just two months prior. Service members and veterans looked on with horror as Islamic State fighters committed atrocities and overran bases which had once housed tens of thousands of U.S. troops — overturning everything U.S. service members had struggled to build. I showed the news to a fellow soldier, who simply shrugged and said, 'Most Americans just don't care about this sort of thing like we do.' For years, military observers have penned articles decrying the widening 'civil-military gap.' Many blame society for not understanding the men and women fighting and dying on their behalf. But I would argue servicemembers share some of the blame for the civil-military divide in our nation." more

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