Veterans

How Best to Thank a Veteran? Avoid More Unjust Wars

A 2017 poll found that about half of Americans would support launching an unprovoked war on a country that poses no near-term threat.

Trump Told the VA to Order ‘a Lot’ of Ketamine for Vets

The president wants to make a controversial new nasal spray available to depressed veterans. The agency says it will consider incorporating the drug after it has more data.

For Soldiers, Risk of Suicide Linked With Firearm Ownership

Clinicians advise that soldiers at risk for suicide spend less time close to guns.

Trump's Wrong. Not All War Veterans are 'Sick'

It's important we debunk false narratives about veterans who struggle with mental health injuries.

Stan McChrystal: I Threw Away My Robert E. Lee Painting

“It was not a simple decision,” says the retired Afghanistan war commander.

Welcome, Class of 2022: Last of the Pre-9/11 Cohort

Your arrival reminds us all to do more to connect America’s citizens to their country’s wars, and its civilians to its veterans.

Hoping to Change Party's Image, Dems Marshal Veteran Candidates

“The Democratic Party just has a terrible brand within the military and we need to repair that. How do I hope to change it? Win. Get in."

The Death of Political Courage

Commitment to principle, despite its costs, is what America has lost with John McCain’s passing.

The Retired Admiral, the President, and the Military Profession

How should a former four-star register his dissent? A Naval War College instructor points to an Aug. 13 memo by Defense Secretary Mattis.

What Austria Can Teach the US About Civil-Military Relations

I was raised in a culture in which soldiering is seen as just another dangerous profession.

Shulkin’s Firing Leaves $16B Effort to Merge DoD/VA Health Records Up In The Air

Secretary Shulkin championed a contract with Cerner to develop a new health records system for Veterans Affairs, but the deal seems precarious now.

The White House Doctor and the Dual-Officeholding Ban

Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson’s appointment reinvigorates the debate over the proper relationship between the military and the government.

Bridging America's Civil-Military Gap — At Sea

As a former senior defense official, I wanted to help my undergraduate students learn about the military. Fortunately, so did several of my veteran shipmates.

Why Trump Should Be the One Stopping to Take a Knee

I support the cause, but I'm a combat veteran, so I won't kneel. We still need a leader who brings the temperature down, not cranks it up.

'Dunkirk' Should Remind Us What Wars Are Like (And That We’re Still Fighting Them)

After our veterans screened the movie's powerful and familiar portrayals of combat, we think Americans should be talking more about our endless presence in Afghanistan and the multi-front war against ISIS.

Veterans Affairs to Adopt DoD’s Electronic Health-Records System

VA will sign onto MHS Genesis platform being developed by Cerner and Leidos under a $4 billion contract.