It really isn’t surprising Americans are losing faith in their most important institutions. Across the board, we are less surprised each time a scandal is reported at a major civilian or governmental organization. The number of these incidents appears on the rise, and worse, their scope and impact seem increasingly deeper and more serious.
Americans look to certain institutions for assistance and hope, needing and expecting them to function efficiently and ethically with a laser focus on their mission. Military professionals and veterans similarly depend on specific organizations to operate in this manner. This is especially true for troops in harm’s way. They must have no doubts their sacrifices will be honored and that they will receive adequate services when they return home.