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Our readersMay 17, 2019
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One hundred percent of respondents personally know someone who has served in the military.

Readers referred to parents, husbands, sisters, brothers, siblings-in-law, aunts, uncles, cousins, co-workers and priests. “My parish priest was in the Air Force,” said Lisa Gramlich of San Francisco, Calif. “My grandfather was a colonel in World War II and the Korean War.”

Several readers served in the military themselves. “I’m a vet myself,” wrote Joe Offer of Applegate, Calif., “and I know several vets in my parish. Now that my dad is dead, I’m the only vet I know of in my family.”

Asked if they take military experience into consideration when thinking about candidates for public office, our readers were divided. See graphic.

“I tend not to trust pro-war politicians if they have not served in the military,” said Mr. Offer, who indicated that he takes military experience into consideration and it is important to him.

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