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New Poll: Majority of veterans and military families want to end ‘endless wars’

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In a recent poll, Concerned Veterans for America found veterans and their families are increasingly looking to draw down military engagement around the world.  More than two thirds of veterans, 67 percent, voiced support for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, up nearly 10 points (8%) from just three years ago. Similarly, 68 percent of veterans support full withdrawal from Iraq.  A majority... Read more »

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What CVA accomplished in 2020

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To say that 2020 was a different kind of year would be an understatement. We faced unprecedented challenges as a nation. But it has been encouraging to see Americans watch out for each other while adapting to difficult circumstances. Despite these challenges, the men and women who make up the ranks of Concerned Veterans for... Read more »

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Despite challenges posed by COVID-19, virtual town halls enabled CVA to engage lawmakers on crucial reforms

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No in-person events in 2020? No problem. Concerned Veterans for America adapted to the challenges of COVID-19 restrictions and regulations with more than 10 policy forums with lawmakers. While we love getting together with our supporters and activists for town halls with their representatives in Congress, 2020 provided us with a unique opportunity to bring... Read more »

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

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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 »

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

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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 »

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

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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 »

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

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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 »

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What does 19 years of war look like?

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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 »

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Endless Wars: a timeline

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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 »

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Nate Anderson: ‘19 years is enough’ 

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The United States has been at war in Afghanistan for 19 years. As the country reaches this anniversary, many are thinking back on the war, the trillions of dollars spent, and thousands of lives lost since the war began. CVA’s Executive Director Nate Anderson is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and recently reflected... Read more »

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