December 17, 2020

Six stories of battle, loss, hope and the need to end America’s endless wars

Our nation passed a sobering anniversary this year — we are now in our 20th year of war in Afghanistan. Deployments and engagements continue to rage in the country, as well as in Iraq, Syria, Somalia and other countries, putting our troops in danger every day. Veterans and their family members offer a unique point… Read more »

December 9, 2020

WATCH: Gold Star husband Joe Kent speaks out about wife’s service and sacrifice

When Shannon Kent was killed in Syria in early 2019, she was on her fifth combat deployment. Her husband, Army veteran Joe Kent, had served 11 combat deployments. “I wouldn’t say necessarily Shannon getting killed changed my mind. It solidified some things,’” Joe says in a new video from Concerned Veterans for America. “Why are… Read more »

December 3, 2020

Three principles that should guide VA reform over the next four years

Over the years, the Department of Veterans Affairs and its predecessors have had to adapt to an ever-changing population of veterans. The next four will be no different. As the VA, Congress, and veterans’ advocates seek to improve and innovate, they should keep in mind what General Omar Bradley said when modernizing the post-World War… Read more »

November 24, 2020

Dan Caldwell: Trump should withdraw all troops from Afghanistan before Inauguration Day

This year, the United States began its twentieth year of war in Afghanistan. President Donald Trump has long criticized America’s longest war and spent his four years in office working to withdraw troops from the country. A February 2020 agreement with the Taliban established May 2021 as the deadline for full troop withdrawal. Unfortunately, previous… Read more »

November 19, 2020

After tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, this Army medic sees why endless wars aren’t working

In 2005, Danny Medoff was deciding which direction his life should take. He spent a few years in college, but realized it wasn’t right for him, at least not at the time. As decisions about school and work loomed, Danny would watch the news, particularly the reports from Iraq and Afghanistan, where U.S. troops were… Read more »

October 27, 2020

What does 19 years of war look like?

The war in Afghanistan just reached its 19th anniversary. It’s difficult to comprehend that our military has been engaged in continuous combat for two decades. When the war began, George W. Bush was in his first year as president. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube didn’t exist. Cell phones had just gotten built-in cameras a year earlier… Read more »

October 21, 2020

Endless Wars: a timeline

Nineteen years ago, President George W. Bush signed into law a resolution authorizing the use of military force (AUMF) against the nations, organizations, and persons responsible for the terrorist attacks of September 11. While in principle this 2001 AUMF’s goal of bringing the perpetrators of 9/11 to justice is a narrow mission, it has been used in the… Read more »