By: Yesenia Alfonso, Executive Notes and Comments Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

There is a widening gap between the Military and society. The U.S. military trains their troops to believe that all civilians are nasty. The Military believe to be at a higher standard of respect and discipline, whereas civilians are not. Once military members are discharged into society, military men and women do not know how to act. United States Military see civilians as a lower group of people. Military veterans account for eight percent (8%) of the prison and jail population. In January 2016, there were about thirty-nine thousand four hundred seventy-one (39,471) homeless veterans. Veterans are more likely to experience homelessness than civilians. Also, Veterans suffer from drug and alcohol abuse. According to the VA Health Care System, eleven percent (11%) of veterans that go in for a first-time checkup, suffer from substance abuse disorder. The solution would be for the United States military to train the United States troops before being discharged on how to adequately behave in the civilian world. Many of the United States troops go in at around eighteen (18) years old and do not know anything else, but military life. Once this young kid is twenty-two (22) years old, he or she gets sent back to society with a new way of living. Sometimes, the twenty-two (22) year old cannot handle the civilian world and ends up either in jail or homeless. The U.S. Military has a training in place but it is obviously not adequate enough. The United States of America needs to do better to ensure our military personnel can live a
civilian life
once they are done fighting for America.