There is a strong link between traumatic wartime experiences and difficulties readjusting to civilian life. Two-thirds (67%) of post-9/11 combat veterans who had traumatic wartime experiences say their readjustment to civilian life after leaving the military was difficult (with 25% describing it as very difficult). Among veterans who did not have these types of experiences, only three-in-ten (31%) say their re-entry to civilian life was difficult. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.