6 Traits Shared By the Greatest Generation

February 3, 2020

The generation born between the two World Wars is known for their humble, quiet character. Learn more about the traits common among this age group.

At Legacy Senior Living, we are proud that so many of our nation’s veterans call one of our assisted living communities home.

One group of veterans we’ve talked about before on our blog are those born between the two World Wars. They are the parents of the Baby Boomers. Broadcaster and author, Tom Brokaw, coined the phrase the Greatest Generation to describe them. It’s a descriptive term that seems to have stuck.

In addition to their commitment to military service, the Greatest Generation is one celebrated for their strength of character. Men and women of this generation have much in common, likely due to their shared experiences.

What traits do people of this generation often share?

As it turns out, a great many.

What We Know About the Greatest Generation.

While the number of survivors from this generation has dwindled greatly, those that remain have much in common when it comes to character. Here are several examples:

  • Disciplined: Anyone who has worked with or employed a member of the Greatest Generation will likely mention this trait. The members of this generation are disciplined, hardworking, and self-motivated.
  • Patriotic: Having played such a pivotal role in shaping our nation, this generation takes their civic duties seriously. Most are patriots through and through. From volunteer work to voting records, they’ve contributed to our country on many levels.
  • Humble: Other characteristics commonly found among this generation include modesty and humility. Veterans from this age group rarely discuss their bravery or accomplishments from their military days. Even friends and family members are sometimes unaware of the commendations their loved one received during their service.
  • Loyal: As our country moves toward a gig economy and lifestyles that focus more on short-term commitments, the loyalty of the Greatest Generation becomes more pronounced. Members of this age group tend to be devoted to family, friends, jobs, and country.
  • Responsible: You will rarely find a member of this generation who shrugged off their responsibilities. Most have a high sense of personal commitment. They follow through with obligations and take ownership of tasks and duties.
  • Fiscally cautious: Unlike subsequent generations, this one is known for being conservative with their money. They live in more modest homes and exercise caution when it comes to spending. Their fiscal responsibility has enabled them to amass healthy savings even on limited incomes.

Benefits to Assist Veterans

There is an option to help with financing if an older veteran in your family would benefit from moving to an assisted living community. Administered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the program is referred to as the Aid and Attendance Benefit.

Learn more by visiting Financing Your Retirement or by calling the Legacy Senior Living community nearest you. One of our team members will be happy to answer your questions.