The Great Divide
As the wars overseas wind down, tens of thousands of troops are saying goodbye to the military life they knew and connecting with family, employers, teachers and strangers who don’t understand their experience.
Stars and Stripes looks at how veterans are bridging the gap between their old military lives and their new civilian reality.
America should know that above all we are still committed to serving our country. I think the biggest two divides are culture and life experience.
--Steven Moscoe, Army veteran
While there is a divide (as you call it), I do not feel it is the others that need to bridge the gap. The veterans are those that have experienced both worlds, so it is they who are best suited to make analogies and comparisons.
--Richard Martin, Army veteran
The majority of U.S. citizens don’t understand the basic concepts of sacrifice, self-discipline and accountability. These concepts are the norm for most military personnel.
--Jason Blagos, active-duty soldier