Multi-Page PapersVolume 9, Spring 2015

Are Veterans Subjected to Social Indifference?

Staff Sergeant [USA, Ret.] Allen J. Powell

College of Liberal Arts, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, USA


Social Indifference is a difficult thing to prove. There have been many studies on the subject and often the conclusions lead us to believe that social indifference was a primary factor. Yet indifference can be one of many underlying contributing causes that may lead to the end results, and therefore it would be a fallacy to argue its existence based on the actions of a large cohort simply because such generalized assumptions could have any number of different causes contributing to an end result. Nevertheless, indifference is a very real problem.

Bennett (1998) conducted a study on indifference as it applied to politics and national responsibilities. His study showed that a greater exposure to higher education among today’s younger generations has not produced a birth cohort very interested in public affairs or inclined to expose itself to political media. As a result, today’s youth are poorly informed about political affairs at home and abroad. (Bennett, 1998) Bennett’s supporting contributions to his study included Stein (1983), who stated “In a state of astonishing ignorance, young Americans may well not be prepared for even the most basic national responsibility – understanding what the society is about and why it must be preserved.” (Stein, 1983). Stein believed that young people ignorant to political affairs are not prepared to continue the society because they basically do not understand the society enough to value it.