The other day, I was asked if I thought what I thought about the way Americans viewed Veterans. The person asking me, stated he’d read something on a subreddit about it and was curious about my answer as a veteran.
Then, today, I found this article, which I thought was really interesting in light of the conversation we’d just had about perceptions of veterans. I couldn’t help but wonder if the inception of the subreddit was spawned from this survey in May 2014. The report came out in June, but its possible that it took that long for people to see it.
Because it just came up for me personally, I thought this was worth sharing. Also, here is the link for the Strengthening Perceptions of America’s Post-9/11 Veterans Survey Analysis Report.
Americans are Viewing Veterans All Wrong.
What assumptions do you make when you encounter a homeless person?
According to a recent survey, when shown a photo of a man that appears to be homeless, one third of respondents label him as having a mental health issue. Nearly one-in-five believe that he has a criminal past. And, the second most popular response — after the 87-percent of people who identify the man as homeless—almost half of respondents label the homeless-looking person as a military Veteran.
Those who assume that a homeless man is a veteran are wrong nine times out of ten. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Veterans account for less than 10 percent of the total U.S. homeless population.
On behalf of the Got Your 6 campaign, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research conducted an online survey in May 2014 of a representative sample of 1,381 adult Americans nationwide. The results demonstrate that perceptions of Veterans are starkly misaligned with reality. And this perceived notion of who America’s Veterans are is not only troubling but also can potentially have a negative impact reintegration.