More Post-9/11 Veterans Choose 'Second Service' And Run For Political Office

veterans second careers politics
veterans second careers politics



The link between U.S. military service and running for office is as old as the republic itself. It started with George Washington, who famously wrote that, "When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen."

During the long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, hundreds of thousands of veterans have come home and laid aside their uniforms. But not all have opted to simply blend back into civilian life.

Many have chosen to run for public office.