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Veterans have had a waning presence in American politics for decades, thanks to the draft deferments of the Vietnam era and the move to an all-volunteer military. Just look at the presidency: After World War II, nine consecutive U.S. presidents were veterans. Of our country’s last four commanders-in-chief, only one, George W. Bush — who served a stint in the Texas Air National Guard — had any military experience. But the palpable dearth of veterans in politics may be about to change in a big way. According to reporting by the New York Times, roughly three-dozen veterans are gearing up to run first-time campaigns for the House of Representatives in the 2018 election.

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