By Lisa Desjardins, CNN
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(CNN) – The 113th Congress has set records for diversity with a record number of women and minorities, the first Buddhist, and Hindu members of Congress and the first open bisexual.
But the number of military veterans? At a modern low.
Seth Lynn, a Marine veteran and director of George Washington University's Center for Second Service, which focuses on training and promoting veterans, says this year's numbers mean the fewest veterans in Congress since World War II.
The percentage of veterans in Congress is still higher than the U.S. population at large, and some argue that the veterans elected reflect more diversity, including the first two female combat veterans to serve in Congress.
The downside? Some fear that fewer veterans changes the discussion of military issues, with non-veterans less able to understand and less eager to question military proposals.
Rep. Tim Walz, D-MN, is a 24-year veteran of the Army National Guard. "I always say this to the military and Veteran's Administration; I’ll be their staunchest supporter but I’m also their harshest critic. Cause I know when they get it wrong."