October 5th, 2011
05:11 PM ET

Survey: Vets say Afghanistan, Iraq wars not worth it

America's veterans are proud of their military service, but in a new report published Wednesday, they expressed ambivalence about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In a new Pew Research Center report on war and sacrifice, half of post-9/11 veterans said the Afghanistan war has been worth fighting. Only 44% felt that way about Iraq, and one-third said both wars were worth the costs.

Some of those costs were outlined in the Pew study, which comes out as the United States marks the 10th anniversary Friday of the Afghanistan conflict, the longest-running war in the nation's history.

For instance, four of every 10 veterans reported they had difficulties adjusting back to life at home after the combat zone, and 37% said they suffered from post-traumatic stress, even though they might not have been formally diagnosed as such.

"The ambivalence that many post-9/11 veterans feel about their military mission has a parallel in the mixture of benefits and burdens they report having experienced since their return to civilian life," the report said.

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. D.A.N.

    Well sure there will be soldiers who regret our incursion in Afghanistan, when one sees only death and destruction his or her views about this war do not see the defensive needs for our country! If we were to leave many if not most afghans would go back to tribal warfare and civil war and most likely the terrorists will come back to control some parts of Afghanistan and WE would be back at square one! Right now we are bringing Afghanistan out of the ashes of tribal warfare and civil war and most afghans appreciate it! They appreciate the freedoms they now have along with the infrastructure that we have built for them and they too are beginning to bring Afghanistan out of the 7th century and into the 21st century! IF WE AS A PEOPLE(THE WORLD)CANT HELP OUR FELLOW MANKIND THEN WE FAIL AS HUMANS!!!

    October 7, 2011 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Shut your pie hole D.A.N. your starting to bring a tear to my one good eye, you bleeding heart Beeeooooocchhhhh!!!!

      October 11, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nugha

    yeah ++, what i don't understand is why the all comments on these pages for long times in sight remain similar. posters will be posters, i suppose, i think posting on CNN is a complete waste. its a poor way to appeal to someone, or to share beliefs, after all, who the h}} cares when each is defending their own...

    October 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ++

    Can you write anything here without using the word hindu? Or illiterate? or the phrase criminal racist jews? (which phrase unequivocally identifies you as a bigot...)
    Could you actually communicate with anyone?
    Do you think you are persuading, converting, or convincing anyone to your cause?

    October 5, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • ++

      merely voicing a wan and useless hope that you just might upgrade your level and style of communication.

      but I know you will refuse to do so in self righteous indignation. I realize that is all you have in your repertoire.

      October 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. George Patton

    This is indeed good news seeing at least some of the war veterans wise up to the fact that these wars are indeed very useless. Hopefully, this may spread to the general public and in turn vote the right-wing politicians out of office, but that might just be wishful thinking on my part.

    October 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC Forever

      Thank you, George. I totally agree that this war along with all the others that we've been fighting lately are absolutely useless except for the right-wing politicians and big corporations who stand to make a lot of money out them. It's high time we got out. In fact, we should never have gotten in in the first place!!!

      October 5, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |