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MYTH: Post-9/11 veterans are conflicted about their service.

FACT: 96% of veterans who served on active duty in the post 9/11 era are proud of their service.

SOURCE: Pew Research Center.

Hear from some of our region’s veterans.

There is a popular misconception that veterans are a problem. A belief that returning service members are broken heroes in need of help. The truth is, veterans are experienced leaders and educated citizens. They served their country and now want to serve their communities. With over 235,000 veterans making their home in Southwestern PA — 1 percent of the national veteran population — and 5,200 more arriving every year, it is essential we welcome and make the most of this powerful resource.