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Watch: Veterans reflect on September 11 on 20th anniversary

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For many Americans, September 11, 2001, is a clear memory. We remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we heard the sobering news that planes had hit both towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and had crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. We watched with horror and deep... Read more »

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Get to know CVA: Five things to know about Education Director John Byrnes

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Concerned Veterans for America has a grassroots army advocating the freedom and prosperity America’s veterans fought for. Those veterans and military families have joined us over the years to partner on the issues that matter most to them, and many have been in our ranks for years. But John Byrnes has been with CVA longer... Read more »

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This Memorial Day, may we strive to honor their sacrifice

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This weekend, our country pauses to honor those who lost their lives in service to our nation. Their sacrifices have ensured we can live in freedom here at home. In a new video, our Executive Director Nate Anderson reflects on the meaning of Memorial Day: This Memorial Day, we at Concerned Veterans for America are... Read more »

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Five things to know about Josh Stanwitz, CVA’s new national grassroots liaison

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Josh Stanwitz has worked for Concerned Veterans for America for years, first as a volunteer and then as field director and coalitions director in Arizona. But he recently became our national grassroots liaison, a position vital to ensuring we, and our grassroots army around the country, are able to continue our mission: defending the freedoms... Read more »

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Top four myths and facts about the AIR Commission

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A key component of the VA MISSION Act is coming up on a deadline. Commissioners for the Asset and Infrastructure Review Commission are to be nominated by the president by the end of May. If that deadline is not met, the process for establishing the commission will be thrown off course. The AIR Commission and... Read more »

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Remembering the sacrifices of the military child

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Micaela Rollo Kirwan grew up as a military kid; now she’s raising one.   Kirwan is also a community engagement director with Concerned Veterans for America in the Pensacola, Florida, area, and likes to joke that she was issued to her parents by the Navy.   She remembers well the missed birthdays and other childhood... Read more »

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Army veterans’ wives talk about the unique life and role of a military spouse

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When we think about military service, our minds naturally go to soldiers at attention in uniform, far away bases in deserts or jungles, or old veterans swapping war stories. But service to our country affects more than the women and men who put on the uniform. The families, specifically the spouses, bear a unique burden... Read more »

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It’s up to veterans to hold Congress accountable on endless wars

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The United States is poised to end its involvement in the war in Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of combat. While a withdrawal by the negotiated May 1 deadline would have been safer, President Joe Biden’s recent announcement that all U.S. troops will come home no later than September 11, 2021, is welcome news, especially... Read more »

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Five interesting facts about CVA Deputy Director Russ Duerstine

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At Concerned Veterans for America, we have some of the country’s best and brightest in our ranks. Our staff is built of women and men of all branches and different generations joining together on a common mission:  continuing their oath to serve by defending the freedoms they and their families sacrificed for. CVA Deputy Director... Read more »

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Virginia’s CON law blocks access to care for veterans

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The coronavirus pandemic exposed several gaping holes in the U.S. health care system — among the most egregious are certificate-of-need laws, which deliberately limit the expansion of providers and services. Several states, including Virginia, recognized this problem and took quick action to suspend CON law restrictions in response to COVID-19. But those changes were temporary,... Read more »

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