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Pentagon might speed up withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan

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The New York Times reported last week that the Department of Defense is putting together plans for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. According to sources, one such plan would speed up the timeline to withdraw troops before early November. Additional plans favor a lengthier timeline, including removing troops by mid-2021 as stated in a deal reached... Read more »

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Veterans and their families are questioning the foreign policy status quo

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After nearly 20 years bearing the weight of constant war, veterans and their families are becoming increasingly disenchanted with our nation’s foreign policy. A survey commissioned by Concerned Veterans for America found a growing number of veterans and military family members support less military engagement around the world. In a recent op-ed, CVA Executive Director... Read more »

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Sam Rogers: I’ve seen what endless war can do

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By Sam Rogers, Wisconsin Coalitions Director In 2009, I was preparing for my first deployment with the U.S. Army. My unit was training for engagement in Iraq when we received news that our plans had changed. We would be heading to Afghanistan instead as part of a troop surge that continued what was then eight... Read more »

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New poll: Veterans and military families want out of Afghanistan, support more health care options for vets

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The majority of veterans and military households are ready for the United States to leave Afghanistan, according to new polling commissioned by Concerned Veterans for America. The national survey found 73 percent of veterans and 69 percent of military households support withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. Those numbers are up 13 percentage points and nine percentage... Read more »

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Nate Anderson: ‘Sacrifice is best honored by making the right decision for our national interest. That means leaving Afghanistan.’

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In February, the United States signed an agreement to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. For those who served in Afghanistan and other countries as part of the Global War on Terror, this move was long overdue. In a recent op-ed, Concerned Veterans for America Executive Director Nate Anderson discussed what our nation’s engagement with other... Read more »

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Here are CVA’s top policy priorities in 2020

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Ending America’s endless wars. Ensuring veterans get the health care they were promised. Reining in reckless spending that threatens our national security.   Achieving even one of these objectives is an ambitious goal toward which to strive.   But in 2020, Concerned Veterans for America is taking on each of these issues and providing the unique perspective... Read more »

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We had the courage to go to war, Congress should have the courage to vote on it

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Constitutional duty is never something Congress should view as an option. But when it comes to war powers, that is exactly what happens. In the last two decades, members of Congress have willingly ceded their responsibilities to make tough choices about military action and war, often choosing politics over duty. The military continues to operate... Read more »

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After three deployments to Afghanistan, this veteran knows it’s time to leave

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Sam Rogers is no stranger to the conflict in Afghanistan. As a soldier and civilian, Sam has deployed to Afghanistan three times, not unlike thousands of other service members with multiple deployments. That’s what happens when a war lasts nearly two decades. During Sam’s first deployment in 2009, his unit was tasked with securing Kandahar... Read more »

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5 biggest moments in 2019

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It’s impossible to predict the future. But coming into 2019, the Concerned Veterans for America team knew its mission would roughly stay the same. We were ready for a new year of advocating on behalf of veterans and preserving the freedom we sacrificed for in uniform. We started this year with big ideas and bold... Read more »

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Need to end ‘endless wars’ is gaining traction with veterans

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“We signed up to defend our country. … We had friends killed or wounded in action; it wasn’t clear for what.” Dan Caldwell, Marine Corps veteran and senior advisor to Concerned Veterans for America, reflects on his service with both pride and realism. He understands why the United States went to Afghanistan 18 years ago,... Read more »

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