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New Poll Finds Majority of Americans Are Unaware of Issues Facing Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans and Troops
Date:5/10/2010

A new public awareness poll, Supporting Iraq and Afghanistan Troops and Veterans, found two out of three Americans know someone who has served, but the majority of Americans are unaware of the issues Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and troops face.

Washington, DC (Vocus) May 10, 2010 -- A new public awareness poll, Supporting Iraq and Afghanistan Troops and Veterans, found two out of three Americans know someone who has served, but the majority of Americans are unaware of the issues Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and troops face.

In fact, less than 50 percent of Americans are even aware that our country has sent 2 million troops to Iraq, Afghanistan, and areas in support of the Global War on Terror.

The Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans (CIAV) commissioned the poll to measure American support for those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and determine whether the public is aware of the important issues facing current service members and veterans –issues such as unemployment, homelessness, post traumatic stress disorder and suicide. The poll, conducted by Cohen Research Group this April, surveyed 1,000 adults who currently live in the U.S.

“There is a very real and disturbing disconnect among the majority of Americans in understanding how deployment contributes to economic, social, and familial stress through a dearth of services and support,” said Amy Fairweather, program director of the CIAV. “All of which are factors which drive veterans and their families to poverty.”

The poll found that while the psychological effects of the wars are widely known, a majority of Americans are not aware of the unique economic struggles that returning veterans face; including high
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