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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Public confidence in U.S. military is up

Public confidence in the U.S. military has jumped to where it was at the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003, according to a new Gallup poll.

The poll found that 82 percent of Americans expressed high confidence in the military. Public confidence went up 11 percentage points from last year and is catching up to the record high of 85 percent during the 1991 Gulf War.

The numbers are up now from the low marks of the last few years that signaled a lack of confidence in American success in Afghanistan and Iraq.

For the complete poll results, click here.


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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 

As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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