There are a lot of studies that have been done on veterans, but perhaps none is more enlightening than that which was done recently by an organization called ‘Got Your Six.’ The study is billed as the 2015 Veterans Civic Health Index. It is a study that compared how military veterans supported their civic community’s activities as compared to their civilian counterparts who have never served in the military. The results shine a very bright light on military veterans and how active they are in shaping their communities. Here are some of the more interesting findings from the different categories in the report that was issued on April 30, 2015.
Volunteering and Charitable Activities
The study showed that veterans are more likely to volunteer their time each year than their civilian counterparts. In the study, it was found that veterans volunteered an average of 160 hours a year and civilians only 120 hours.
The veterans also had a slightly higher percentage of people that donated over $25 yearly at 60%, as opposed to the 50% of the civilian population that donated over $25 a year.
The Civic Health Index showed that 79% of veterans were registered to vote and that 48% always voted in elections. For civilians, the figures were 70% and 32% respectively.
Participating In Groups
The report stated that 18% of veterans participated in a civic service or organization and 43% belonged to a local community organization. Civilians participated in a civic service or organization 6% of the time and 36% of the time belonged to a local community organization.
When it comes to political activity, veterans are more apt to reach out to public officials (17% to 10%), discuss politics openly with family and friends (36% to 26%) and attend public meetings (11% to 8%) than those who have never served in the military.
Social Connectivity with Neighbors
The report shows that veterans are more trusting of their neighbors (48% to 41%), do more favors for their neighbors (16% to 12%) and are more likely to fix something in their neighborhood (11% to 7%) than are their civilian counterparts
If you are starting to see a pattern here, it is not surprising. Ex-military members seem to be very active in the goings on in the communities in which they live and in the local and national political scene.
The Got Your Six 2015 Veterans Civic Health Index clearly shows what has been long believed, that ex-military members play a prominent and active role in shaping their communities and doing charitable work. They are a shining example of how a person can still serve their community and nation, even after they have hung up their military uniform for good. Our veterans truly remain an asset to their nation and never stop serving even after they leave active duty service or retire.
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