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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

Americans in Iraq will continue to be attacked, despite ‘non-combat’ role

As of December 2021, U.S. military forces in Iraq have been designated as “non-combat” and are serving in a “train and equip” capacity. But Concerned Veterans for America Senior Advisor Dan Caldwell points out that this change in mission is “a distinction without a difference.”  The distinction doesn’t make troops any safer, especially given the… Read more »

By Concerned Veterans for America
Tuesday, January 25th 2022

Veterans are united on this: there must be accountability for Afghanistan

The 2022 National Defense Authorization Act won’t be voted on in the Senate until after Thanksgiving, but we’re still keeping an eye on a huge move toward accountability for the war in Afghanistan. A bill introduced by Sen. Tammy Duckworth to create a commission to study the full 20 years of war could be added… Read more »

By Concerned Veterans for America
Tuesday, November 23rd 2021

Watch: What went wrong in Afghanistan, and how do we move forward?

Congress is holding hearings on the evacuation from Afghanistan, and the State Department’s inspector general has begun an investigation. In the midst of these events, many are asking questions about the war as a whole, not just how it ended. Concerned Veterans for America Senior Advisor Dan Caldwell recently sat down with Will Ruger, vice… Read more »

By Concerned Veterans for America
Friday, November 5th 2021