There are several opinions coming from both sides of this divide as to why the gap exists (largest in US history) and what can be done to close it .
I’ve shared a couple of excerpts and links to the related articles below. It’s going to take effort from both sides of the cassim, but with determination we can begin to close the gap between us.

Flash forward nearly 20 years, and Ricks’ observations not only proved prescient, but remain exceedingly relevant. (in reference to the above quote).

As it turns out, good storytelling is crucial on both sides. As Williams observed, it’s important for vets to “invite people in” to their world and to be “willing to open up and share our experiences.” When Williams looked around for representations of military women, most of what she saw were memoirs written by white men who had served in the Army or the Marine Corps, and usually in the infantry. “It’s their ‘becoming men’ stories. It’s ‘how I went to war and became a man,’” said Williams, “And that narrative is not there for women. You don’t join the army to ‘become a woman.’” That led Williams to write her own memoir to provide a richer exploration of what she had experienced.

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Here’s an opinion about the responsibility of the US Citizens

Retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal writing in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) for his part addressed national service – both military and nonmilitary. He states

Today… the duties of citizenship have fallen from the national agenda. Talk of service is largely confined to buoyant commencement ceremonies. And too often it is just that: talk.

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