The Difficult Transition from Military to Civilian Life
More than seven-in-ten veterans report having had an easy time readjusting to civilian life, but nearly a quarter say re-entry was difficult for them — a figure that swells to 44% among veterans who served in the ten years since Sept. 11, 2001.
For Many Injured Veterans, A Lifetime of Consequences
For many of the 2.2 million wounded American veterans, the physical and emotional consequences of their wounds have endured long after they left the military.
War and Sacrifice in the Post-9/11 Era
As the United States marks the 10th anniversary of the longest period of sustained warfare in its history, the overwhelming majority of veterans of the post-9/11 era are proud of their military service. At the same time, many report that they have had difficulties readjusting to civilian life, and have suffered from post-traumatic stress. While veterans are more supportive of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq than the general public, just one-third say that both been worth fighting.
Coping With End-of-Life Decisions
While most Americans approve of laws that say treatment can be stopped if that’s what a terminally ill patient desires, they are split on what they would do personally in that situation. Only 27% have put into writing their own wishes regarding end-of-life care.
Go West, Old Man
Searching for a modern fountain of youth? American’s West has the highest concentration of older adults who don’t think of themselves as old. Older Westerners also feel healthier and get more exercise than older folks elsewhere.
Smokers Can’t Blow Off Stress
While many say they light up to relieve stress, half of all smokers say they “frequently” experience stress in their daily lives, compared with just 35% of those who once smoked and have now quit, and 31% of those who never smoked.
Most Like It Hot
Given a choice, most Americans would opt for a sun-kissed climate — but not necessarily for a warm-weather city.
Republicans: Still Happy Campers
Despite the imploding stock market, the looming recession, the unpopular president and discouraging political polls, a new Social Trends survey finds GOP adherents still beat Democrats on the happiness scale.
Americans and Social Trust: Who, Where and Why
Just under half of Americans say most people can be trusted, while 50% say you can’t be too careful, a new Pew survey finds. Whites are more trusting than blacks or Hispanics. High income folks are more trusting than those with low incomes. The married are more trusting than the unmarried. The old are more trusting than the young. And rural folks are more trusting than their city cousins.
Once Again, The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be
Barely a third of today’s adults expect today’s children to grow up better off than people are now.