April 2, 2021

Five interesting facts about CVA Deputy Director Russ Duerstine

At Concerned Veterans for America, we have some of the country’s best and brightest in our ranks. Our staff is built of women and men of all branches and different generations joining together on a common mission:  continuing their oath to serve by defending the freedoms they and their families sacrificed for. CVA Deputy Director… Read more »

March 31, 2021

By the numbers: the impact of canceled appointments at the VA

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year, the Department of Veterans Affairs was turned on its head. Suddenly, millions of medical appointments were canceled, both at VA facilities and in community care programs. Non-urgent care has yet to get back to normal. A year later, America’s veterans have felt the effects of COVID-19 and canceled… Read more »

March 24, 2021

Anderson: Why Biden should stick to the Afghanistan withdrawal deadline

Our Executive Director Nate Anderson deployed to Afghanistan twice as a Green Beret, once during the Bush administration, once during the Obama administration. He applauded when the Trump administration signed an agreement to set a timeline for U.S. withdrawal. Now he waits to see if the Biden administration will live up to that deal as the May 1… Read more »

March 19, 2021

As U.S. reaches 18-year anniversary, Iraq war veteran calls for end to U.S. presence

Dan Caldwell served as a U.S. Marine in Iraq more than a decade ago. Today, as a senior adviser to Concerned Veterans for America and the foreign policy campaign manager for Stand Together, he is helping lead the fight to end the 18-year-long U.S. involvement in Iraq. “I remain proud of my service in Iraq… Read more »

March 17, 2021

“At a crossroads”: Senior Policy Analyst Tyler Koteskey on the path forward for troops in Afghanistan

The United States has taken major steps over the last four years to reduce troop levels in the Middle East and Africa. These troop withdrawals have started the U.S. on a path to keeping our service members out of unnecessarily dangerous situations and finally ending America’s endless wars. CVA Senior Policy Analyst Tyler Koteskey says… Read more »

March 12, 2021

Florida lawmakers call for an end to endless wars

Jimmie T. Smith, Florida coalition director of Concerned Veterans for America and an Army veteran, took to the pages of the Florida Times-Union to support an effort by Florida legislators to end America’s endless wars.  A measure by state Sen. Jeff Brandes and state Rep. Alex Andrade would call on Congress to repeal the 2001 Authorization for… Read more »

March 10, 2021

Is another VA wait-time scandal coming?

Seven years ago, the Phoenix VA Medical Center wait-time scandal exploded, revealing a mismanaged system that was denying timely care to veterans and, in some cases, leaving them to die. If the Department of Veterans Affairs doesn’t act soon to get a handle on the lack of access to community care, the tragedy could happen again,… Read more »