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Does the United States Military Have a P.R. Problem?

North County Times military writer Rick Rogers has a very thought-provoking piece in today's paper. He points out the passionate campaign of military leaders to get businesses to hire the young men and women who are leaving the service after deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But Rogers doesn't place the blame on the companies who aren't employing enough veterans. He argues that the military needs to do a better job of getting to know civilians, telling them more about what they do on a day-to-day basis, and making the political personal. Basically, Rogers feels if we have a friend in the military, then we're more likely to want to help someone else who served, too. Rogers writes:

If you are in the military, or are a veteran, do you have civilian friends? Do they know what you experienced while you were in the service? Do you feel like they would want to know?