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South Carolina can lead the way on better foreign policy and veterans’ care

South Carolina is home to numerous military bases along with thousands of service members, military families, and veterans who choose to put down roots after they served. The state has a deep history of service and sacrifice. That’s why Coast Guard veteran Frank Bullock believes South Carolina is the right state to lead the way… Read more »

By Concerned Veterans for America
Tuesday, November 29th 2022

Combat veteran shares true cost of war, what Congress can do to honor sacrifice

Jessica Villarreal knows the true cost of war. She and her husband deployed to the Middle East, bringing back injuries and illnesses they will carry for the rest of their lives. Jessica recently wrote in Stars and Stripes about her experiences and what war really means for those who serve: War is more than the… Read more »

By Concerned Veterans for America
Monday, November 21st 2022

Congress must fulfill its oath to support the Constitution by taking back its war powers

When members of the U.S. military take the oath of service, we swear to “support and defend the Constitution…[and] bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” I made this promise some 30 years ago when I joined the Marine Corps and later the Army National Guard. My oath to defend the Constitution would come… Read more »

By John Byrnes
Friday, October 14th 2022

A military father looks back one year after Afghanistan withdrawal

CVA Executive Director Russ Duerstine sees America’s endless wars from a unique perspective: that of a veteran, but also of a military parent. In a recent piece in Military Times, Duerstine, father to an Iraq and Afghanistan combat veteran, shared his thoughts on the Afghanistan withdrawal in August 2021. My mind went immediately to my… Read more »

By Concerned Veterans for America
Tuesday, August 23rd 2022

Veterans share their unique perspectives and experiences during Vets on the Hill

Each year, Concerned Veterans for America brings in staff from around the country for them to do what they do best: advocate policy changes that are good for veterans and the country. This event, known as Vets on the Hill, is all about veterans sharing their unique experiences and perspectives with lawmakers to drive positive… Read more »

By Concerned Veterans for America
Wednesday, August 10th 2022

Gold Star sibling and fellow soldier recount the loss of their loved one and urge Congress to act

When SSG Alex Conrad died in Somalia, he left behind many that loved him, including his sister Christie Palcisko and his fellow soldier Sam Rogers. Alex’s death was difficult to bear, especially given he died in combat in a country that the U.S. isn’t technically at war in. Following the recent anniversary of Alex’s death,… Read more »

By Concerned Veterans for America
Wednesday, July 27th 2022

19 years later, what do veterans think of the war in Iraq?

March marks the 19th anniversary of the Iraq War, a shocking age when you consider the United States is still maintaining a troop presence. The wisdom of the Iraq War was hotly contested from the beginning. Though veterans who served there are proud of their service, many believe it is past time to bring troops… Read more »

By Concerned Veterans for America
Friday, March 18th 2022