Topic: Policy

The USS Nevada running on the surface to leave port. Photo by Electronics Technician (Submarine) Petty Officer Second Class Randy Taylor, courtesy of the author.

The USSR Called Operation Atrina a Triumph. We Knew It Was a Failure.

It was the last attempt of the Soviets to project power across the Atlantic, and it failed miserably. We won without firing a shot.
Public Health Officer 1st Lt. Gyasi J. Mann, right, and Bioenvironmental Engineer Senior Airman Emilio D. Gonzalez, second from right, both with the 108th Medical Group, New Jersey Air National Guard, help homeless veterans choose a pair of reading glasses during Stand Down 2012 at the National Guard Armory in Cherry Hill, Sept. 28, 2012.

VA’s Work to End Veteran Homelessness Is a Nationwide Model. Can It Translate for Civilians?

To date, 83 communities and the states of Connecticut, Delaware, and Virginia have effectively ended veteran homelessness. But can that success translate?
Another Summit, a program based in the Hudson Valley, just north of New York City, offers outdoor adventures for veterans and first responders at no cost to them. Photo courtesy of the author.

A Soldier Found Healing Outdoors. Now He Wants to Break Down Barriers for Others.

Study identifies barriers that might keep nonwhite, disabled, or elderly veterans from participating in outdoor recreation.
Airmen of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard stand for a group photo Nov. 12, 2019, at the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing. Guam, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories have some of the highest rates of U.S. military enlistment. Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Branson, courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.

US Territories Have High Rates of US Military Service, but Battle for Veterans’ Benefits

Guam, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories have some of the highest rates of U.S. military enlistment, but their veterans also face major hurdles accessing benefits after their service.
U.S. Army paratroopers with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 11th Airborne Division, “Arctic Angels,” proceed to a staging area after completing airborne training at Malemute Drop Zone, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 8, 2023. Photo by Airman Raina Dale, courtesy of the U.S. Army.

US Military Can’t Sustain Arctic Operations, ‘Let Alone Dominate,’ Experts Say

For years, the military and Congress have recognized the strategic importance of investing in Arctic capabilities. But change has been incredibly slow.
Residents of the Jon W. Paulson Veterans Community share a meal. Photo courtesy of Swords to Plowshares.

Booted From the Army, He Spiraled. Now He Works to Solve the Veteran Homelessness Crisis.

“Bad paper” military discharges can interfere with a veteran’s ability to receive benefits and health care. Some of those veterans end up unhoused.
The Supreme Court heard arguments last year in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. Community Financial Services Association of America, Limited, which challenges how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is funded. The court is expected to release its decision this spring. Photo by Mark Thomas.

Military, Vets Depend on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Its Future Is Uncertain.

Military families depend on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to combat predatory financial institutions. A Supreme Court case may decide its future.
President Trump visits the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York, on Aug. 13, 2019.

Trump Sketches Future of US Military—Hunting Cartels, Quelling Unrest, and Immigrant Detention Camps

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has hinted at future military policies should he win the 2024 election, including deploying troops against protestors.
Residents of the Jon W. Paulson Veterans Community share a meal. Photo courtesy of Swords to Plowshares.

Aging Veterans Are in Crisis. This New Program Aims to Help With Housing.

California has more homeless veterans than any other state and is trying a new approach to keep the oldest and most vulnerable housed.