May 7, 2021

Army veterans’ wives talk about the unique life and role of a military spouse

When we think about military service, our minds naturally go to soldiers at attention in uniform, far away bases in deserts or jungles, or old veterans swapping war stories. But service to our country affects more than the women and men who put on the uniform. The families, specifically the spouses, bear a unique burden… Read more »

May 5, 2021

Holding policymakers accountable for veterans’ health care delays

Jimmie T. Smith is a partially disabled U.S. Army veteran who is happy with the care he gets from the Veterans Affairs health care system. But, as he writes in a new op-ed in the Tampa Bay Times, as a onetime chairman of the state House Veterans and Military Affairs Subcommittee and as Florida coalitions… Read more »

April 30, 2021

Q&A with Senior Advisor Dan Caldwell: what’s next in Afghanistan and U.S. foreign policy?

Recently, President Joe Biden laid out his plan to fully withdraw U.S.  troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021. This plan serves as an extension of the May 1 deadline set out last year between the U.S. and the Taliban in the Doha agreement. While we’d hoped the final withdrawal of troops would’ve occurred this… Read more »

April 28, 2021

Watch: Bipartisan coalition discusses the future of U.S. foreign policy

In a post-Afghanistan War world, the United States will need to rethink  its approaches to foreign policy.  Reforms to war powers and a commitment to realism and restraint are the best ways to do that. CVA Executive Director Nate Anderson recently led a bipartisan roundtable on the future of American foreign policy and solutions to… Read more »

April 23, 2021

It’s up to veterans to hold Congress accountable on endless wars

The United States is poised to end its involvement in the war in Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of combat. While a withdrawal by the negotiated May 1 deadline would have been safer, President Joe Biden’s recent announcement that all U.S. troops will come home no later than September 11, 2021, is welcome news, especially… Read more »

April 21, 2021

What is the AIR Commission, and how could it help improve VA health care?

This article was updated on March 25, 2022. If you’ve read or heard anything about the VA MISSION Act, you know what the law does to improve and expand veterans’ access to medical care. It created a new community care program that gives more veterans the freedom to choose medical care from providers outside the Department… Read more »

April 16, 2021

VA appointment problems hark back to Phoenix scandal

Joshua Stanwitz, a coalitions director with Concerned Veterans for America in Arizona, was just starting his journey with the VA health care system when news of the Phoenix VA wait list scandal broke seven years ago.   The Arizona Republic, the state’s largest newspaper, found out that the local VA hospital had been maintaining two sets of wait lists – an official electronic list… Read more »