When it comes to civic and public engagement, political analysts and policy leaders use both data and best practices to increase strategies for engagement efforts. In a recent studio interview with Sirius Xm in Washington, D.C., Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald provides answers on veteran engagement efforts. According to a recent report on veterans’ civic engagement, more veterans vote, volunteer and attend public meetings than non veterans.
Writer Nikki Wentling with Stars And Stripes news published an article following the interview:
According to the report, called the “Veterans Civic Health Index,” 73.8 percent of veterans reported they vote in local elections compared to 57.2 percent of civilians. The report, which used data from the U.S. Census Bureau, was co-sponsored by Got Your 6, a veterans advocacy group that works to challenge a negative notion of “broken” veterans.
“That’s a huge margin,” said Julia Tivald, with Got Your 6. “That data is particularly important to us this year, as we try to engage everyone in the election cycle. We can use the statistic to challenge people to meet veterans’ level of engagement.”
Contributor: Brian Stewart, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, MPP Candidate ’17