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The military makes up less than 1 percent of the U.S. population and 10 long years of war have proven to be a strain on America’s brave sons and daughters. From physical injuries, financial burdens and relationship strains, one-third of the post-9/11 veterans said neither war was worth the sacrifices, according to a poll done by the Pew Research Center. This compares to 45 percent of the members of the general public who agree that the sacrifices made overseas were not worth what progress was gained.

The results of the poll were released this week and many news sources published the results under the headline, “Vets See Iraq, Afghan Wars as Wastes.” Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, finds this headline misleading. The main point of the poll, O’Hanlon said, is that the veterans think the wars were “not worth the price.”

“This is much different than saying they were a waste,” O’Hanlon said.

Despite the heavy sacrifices, progress has been made in both countries that allow the citizens there to move toward the goal of self-determination. Without the U.S. military, this progress might not have occurred. The poll reveals that the veterans do have pride in the military and the work it accomplished in the countries.

“Clearly, however, these conflicts have been very hard on the people fighting them, and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude,” O’Hanlon said.

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Regardless of what the poll supposedly asked, they were and they are a complete waste ... not worth the sacrifice then becomes an obvious component.
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