Twenty Years of Service: American Perspectives on What We Owe Veterans

Girl Scouts from across eastern Massachusetts welcome home more than 50 base Airmen June 27 at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. The gathering was part of a Heroes' Homecoming celebration. Earlier this year, hundreds of Girl Scouts came to Hanscom AFB to deliver more than 10,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies that were sent to deployed military members around the world, photo by Rick Berry/U.S. Air Force

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Event Details

Date:

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Time:

3–4:30 p.m. EDT
12–1:30 p.m. PDT

How to Attend

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About the Program

How do Americans view veterans’ service? After 20 years of war, what obligations does the country have to its veterans? What kinds of benefits are veterans entitled to? Should all veterans receive the same benefits? With the end of the war in Afghanistan, these questions are more relevant than ever.

This webinar will feature new survey data from the RAND American Life Panel and a discussion of Americans’ perspectives on veterans and what society owes them for their service. The peak of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq saw a surge in the “sea of goodwill” toward veterans, but there is a risk that those sentiments will ebb now that the wars are over.

The webinar presentation will take place from 3–4 p.m. EDT, followed by a 30-minute open discussion with the panelists from 4–4:30 p.m. EDT.

Rajeev Ramchand

Rajeev Ramchand

Codirector, RAND Epstein Family Veterans Policy Research Institute
Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation

Carrie Farmer

Carrie Farmer

Codirector, RAND Epstein Family Veterans Policy Research Institute
Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Jessie Coe

Jessie Coe

Associate Economist, RAND Corporation

Meredith Kleykamp

Meredith Kleykamp

Associate Professor and the Associate Chair of Sociology, University of Maryland
Director, Center for Research on Military Organization

Phillip Carter

Phillip Carter

Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University

Kayla Williams

Kayla Williams

Assistant Secretary, Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs