Less than 1 percent of Americans are currently on active duty in the military, compared with about 9 percent during World War II. That may be contributing to a divide between veterans and non-veterans, with civilians understanding little about military life, and veterans choosing to associate with one another for friendship and support.
This story was produced by the American Homefront Project, a public media collaboration that reports on American military life and veterans. Funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.
This segment aired on January 17, 2018.