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PASSING THE BATON:: A Bipartisan 2016 Agenda for the Veteran and Military Community

Phillip Carter
Jason Dempsey
Katherine Kidder
Amy Schafer
Copyright Date: Nov. 1, 2015
Pages: 53

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    Phillip Carter, Jason Dempsey, Katherine Kidder and Amy Schafer
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    The veteranĀ¹ community includes 21 million men and women, whose service spans from World War II (and even before) through today. This population consists primarily of men who served during the second half of the 20th century, when the force was far less diverse than it is now. The overall veteran population is 92.7 percent male and 7.3 percent female, with a median age of 64. By ethnicity, 79 percent are white, 6 percent are Latino, 11.5 percent are African-American, and 1.4 percent are Asian, with 2.1 percent identified as other. Among male veterans, 66.5 percent are married, while 47.3...

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    Regardless of who becomes president in January 2017, the next administration will inherit a set of acute issues facing service members, military families, and veterans. These issues are both highly pressing and highly visible because of their human toll. As such, they garner a lot of attention and focus, driving a degree of bipartisan agreement on both the issues and potential solutions. As the next president takes office, it is important that he or she build on the work and successes of the last eight years and keep national attention on these issues as the country disengages from the large-scale...

  6. (pp. 41-42)

    While these challenges are daunting, they are not unlike those faced by presidents in earlier eras. The world is always unstable. Budgets are always uncertain. And yet the American military always rises to meet challenges to national security. The nation and its economy embrace those who have served and do so far better today than for past generations, though there is still room to improve.

    The next president and his/her administration will struggle with some unique challenges too. First among these will be the aftermath of the first protracted conflicts fought by the All-Volunteer Force. While the draft ended over...

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