Topic: Policy

‘Invisible’–More Women Veterans Are Dying of Suicide and VA Still Lacks Resources, Advocates Say

The rate of women veterans dying by suicide is growing, showing VA lacks systems to protect them and that women veterans are invisible, advocates said.
“Goodbye, Titid, See You Soon,” mural, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo courtesy of the author.

Witnessing History up Close Felt Significant. But Haiti’s Story Remains Turbulent, Even Tragic.

In 1996, David Fugazzotto witnessed the first peaceful transition of power between Haitian presidents. Today the country is in chaos.
Andrea Goldstein on the deck of a naval ship

Finding Empowerment in Choice, Asking for Help, and the Journey to Build a Family

As I began IVF, I felt grateful, empowered. But I mostly felt angry that VA would have covered my expensive medical procedure had I been married to a man.
A soldier assigned to the Connecticut National Guard stands guard in Hartford, Connecticut, Jan. 17, 2021.

Most Veterans Who Support Extremism Had Negative Military Experiences, Study Finds

The RAND study is the first qualitative analysis seeking to understand how veterans’ experiences may play a role in support for radical ideologies.
Afghan evacuees leave a U.S. C-17 Globemaster after arriving to Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait, August 26, 2021.

Thousands of Afghan Allies Who Fled After US Withdrawal Trapped in Immigration Limbo

The Afghan Adjustment Act would clear a path to legal permanent residency and eventually citizenship for US allies targeted by the Taliban.
Sgt. Robert B. Brown from Fayetteville, N.C. with Regimental Combat Team 6, Combat Camera Unit, watches over civilian firefighters at the burn pit as smoke and flames rise into the night sky behind him in May 2007.

PACT Act Update: VA Signs Up 280,000 New Veterans, But Some Are Still Left Out

While the PACT Act greatly expanded VA care for veterans who experienced toxic exposures, some places and conditions have been left out.
Rudi Richardson

He Served His Country. In Return, His Country Sent Him Into Exile

The military relies on noncitizens to fill its ranks. No one is sure how many are later banished from the country they fought for.
US soldier with machine gun in Battle of Fallujah

The First Battle of Fallujah: ‘We Hurt Ourselves in So Many Ways’

Twenty years on, the battle is viewed as a turning point in the Iraq war, serving as a reminder of the complexities and consequences of modern warfare.
Photo of hands in handcuffs behind the bars of a jail cell.

‘Consequences of War’–Veterans Incarcerated at Higher Rates and Face Longer Sentences

The military does little to prepare soldiers, many of whom have been trained to view violence as a way to solve problems, for civilian life.