Veterans in the U.S. today are mostly male and two-thirds are aged 50 or older. In a population that is currently evenly split in its preferences for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney for president, veterans stand out for their 24-point preference for Romney. About a fourth of men are veterans, and it is their strong skew toward Romney that essentially creates the GOP candidate's leading position among men today. Among nonveteran men, Obama and Romney are essentially tied.
Why veterans are so strong in their preference for the Republican presidential candidate is not clear.
Especially Bush/Cheney sent soldiers into unnecessary wars without proper equipment, sent them back for 3 or 4 tours through the meat grinders -- and created tens of thousands of American casualties in the process of losing both wars.
Oh, and Republicans are itching to cut veteran's benefits -- and would love nothing more than to privatize the VA.