Fact Tank Jun. 12, 2014

More Americans say U.S. failed to achieve its goals in Iraq

As Sunni militants make a major military push against the central government in Iraq, the Obama administration is said to have rebuffed requests from Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to use drones to strike at extremist bases. That reported reluctance follows years of U.S. military intervention in Iraq that many Americans say was misguided and failed to achieve its goals.

Fact Tank Jun. 6, 2014

On D-Day anniversary, only 1 million World War II veterans still alive

By the next decennial anniversary, the VA estimates that their numbers will be down to 81,117.

Fact Tank May. 26, 2014

About half of veterans of post-9/11 wars served with someone who was killed

About half of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans (47%) said that they served with a comrade that had been killed. That number rises to 62% among soldiers who were in combat.

Fact Tank May. 15, 2014

Veterans Administration critics include the soldiers who served in post-9/11 wars

Asked whether the VA put enough focus on post-9/11 war veterans compared to its treatment of previous generations of veterans, half of those who served in Iraq or Afghanistan said the treatment they got was about the right amount while 44% said it was not enough.

Fact Tank Apr. 4, 2014

WashPost/Kaiser: Many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans bring home the burdens of war

Veterans returning from serving in Iraq or Afghanistan say they have found re-entering civilian life to be difficult. A significant share says they have experienced outbursts of anger in daily life. Others say their mental or emotional health is worse since their time in the service, or that they have suffered post-traumatic stress disorder.