Bruce Klingner --- Daily Signal
Mentioning “1 percenters” conjures up images of protest and class warfare. But there is another 1 percent who are beyond politics: the men and women who serve in America’s armed forces, as well as the veterans who served before them.
Despite over a decade of ceaseless war against terrorism, fewer than 1 percent of the U.S. population has been on active duty.
A smaller share of Americans now serve in the military than at any point since the era between World Wars I and II, according to a Pew Research study. In 1975, 70 percent of members of Congress had military service. Today, only 20 percent do.
Thankfully, we live in a time where we at least have a culture that appreciates our veterans.
After Desert Storm, it became fashionable again to appreciate and praise the U.S. military.
Gone was the stigma of Vietnam, when returning service members didn’t wear uniforms in public lest they be spit on or called baby-killers. No longer would our service members suffer the disparagement that Rudyard Kipling wrote of, “For it’s Tommy this, and Tommy that, and ‘Chuck him out, the brute!’” But it’s “‘Savior of his country’ when the guns begin to shoot.”
The heinous attacks on 9/11 resurrected the flame of patriotism that had faded in the hearts of so many Americans. Flags resting dormant in closets came back out to be displayed proudly and demand for new flags skyrocketed. The nation came together in a way not seen since Pearl Harbor—first in grief, then in resolve.