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Post-9/11 Vets Are Making A Lot More Money Than Non-Vets, New Study Shows
Post-9/11 era U.S. military veterans are better-paid, better-educated, and have a higher quality of life on average than people who never served, a new quantitative study concludes, challenging popular assumptions that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are producing a generation of damaged Americans.
The study, which focuses on nationwide trends between 2005-2015, was conducted to determine whether serving in the military is truly “a clear path to upward social mobility,” according to its authors. The report was released by The City University of New York (CUNY) earlier this month.
While the report does not draw a direct link between service and greater socio-economic success, it seems to support the argument often made by recruiters — and long challenged by anti-war activists — that serving in the military will ultimately give a person a lifelong edge over their peers.
“In short, there is considerable evidence here to affirm that serving in the armed forces continues to have a direct correlation with greater socio-economic success,” the report states.
Remarkably, that correlation held “relatively firm” across gender and racial groups, even as the post-9/11 era veteran population more than doubled from approximately 1.5 million individuals in 2005 to more than 3 million in 2015. The study also found that the trend remained consistent through the 2008 financial crisis.
The report notes that, between 2005-2015, non-Hispanic white males continued to account for the overwhelming majority of post-9/11 era veterans. That demographic is historically more likely than most minority groups to achieve socioeconomic success. For example, in 2015, the unemployment rate for white men in the U.S. was 5.1%, while it stood at 11.6% for black men and more than 8.6% for Hispanics, according to the Pew Research Center.
However, the CUNY study found that while “all of the veteran subgroups boast higher college attendance and graduation than the national average,” non-Hispanic blacks, Latinos, and female veterans all show “considerably higher rates of educational attainment when compared to the national average.”
Meanwhile, the gap between the median household income for post-9/11 era veterans and non-veterans has only grown since 2005, when veterans on average earned nearly $74,000 — almost $7,000 more than their non-veteran counterparts, according to Military Times. By 2015, the average for veterans had risen to $80,000, while it increased only slightly among non-veterans, to $68,000.
“Often, service in the armed forces can be viewed as a ‘dead end’ path reserved for those with fewer options,” reads the conclusion of the report. “But as this report suggests, it can also be packaged as a statistically proven path to higher income, educational attainment, and quality of life.”
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My brother earned the Medal of Honor for saving countless lives — but only after he was left for dead
"As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night."
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Air Force Master Sgt. John "Chappy" Chapman is my brother. As one of an elite group, Air Force Combat Control — the deadliest and most badass band of brothers to walk a battlefield — John gave his life on March 4, 2002 for brothers he never knew.
They were the brave men who comprised a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) that had been called in to rescue the SEAL Team 6 team (Mako-30) with whom he had been embedded, which left him behind on Takur Ghar, a desolate mountain in Afghanistan that topped out at over 10,000 feet.
As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night. After many delays, the mission should and could have been pushed one day, but Szymanski ordered the team to proceed as planned, and Britt "Slab" Slabinski, John's team leader, fell into step after another SEAL team refused the mission.
But the "plan" went even more south when they made the rookie move to insert directly atop the mountain — right into the hands of the bad guys they knew were there.
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