Sarah Sicard

Sarah Sicard is a staff writer with Task & Purpose. After attending Hofstra University in 2014 and earning degrees in journalism and political science, she spent time as a defense reporter, covering technology and procurement. Before joining Task & Purpose, she worked for a public affairs firm in Washington, D.C. She comes from three generations of service members in both the Army and the Navy.

Recent articles from Sarah Sicard

Donald Trump holds meetings at the Trump International Golf Club on Nov. 19, 2016.
News
Mattis Becomes The First Official Member Of Trump’s Administration
The retired Marine Corps general was confirmed as Secretary of Defense, and is the first cabinet appointee to be confirmed.
President Donald Trump signs a waiver for Gen. James Mattis.
News
Trump’s First Act As President Clears The Way For Mattis
After his inauguration, Donald Trump signed a waiver allowing Gen. James Mattis to serve as Defense Secretary.
Members of the Bonus Army sit on the steps of the Capitol.
History
How Veterans Set The Precedent For America’s Greatest Protests
The GI Bill as we know it today got its humble beginning in a 43,000-strong veteran protest that became the first major successful march on Washington, D.C.
The Army tests its hoverbike prototype at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
Gear & Tech
The Army Just Flew Its New Hoverbike Prototype
The Army tested the first iteration of a resupply hoverbike.
The Rock surprised Army combat veteran Marlene Rodriguez with a 2018 Mustang GT.
Entertainment
A Surprise From The Rock Left This Combat Veteran In Tears
The Rock’s big gesture left combat veteran Marlene Rodriguez speechless.
Naval vessels from five nations sail in parade formation for a rare photographic opportunity at sea.
Leadership
Carrying ‘A Big Stick’ Isn’t Enough — America Has To Use It
National security expert Eliot Cohen suggests that soft power isn’t always enough.
Visual representation of what Buzz Aldrin probably looks like as an underwear model.
Humor
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Will Model For An Underwear Fashion Icon
Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin will close out a show during NYC fashion week.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Leonardo Montemayor with Headquarters Company, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, chambers a round into a M9 pistol at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Oct. 6, 2016.
News
No, Veterans Are Not More Likely To Go On Shooting Sprees
Despite the trope of the broken combat veteran, service members don’t have a propensity for violence.
Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis listens to questions from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., about his views on women and gays serving in the military, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Leadership
LGBT Advocates Liked What They Heard From Mattis
Gen. James Mattis' stance has evolved since 2014.
Gen. James Mattis testified before SASC.
News
3 Must-Watch Moments From Mattis’ Confirmation Hearing
Gen. James Mattis testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee and handled it like a pro.
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News
What It Takes To Run The Military, And Why Mattis Is Perfect
In an exclusive interview with Task & Purpose, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta explains what it takes to lead the Defense Department, and why James Mattis will excel.
Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta delivers remarks to the Center for Strategic and International Studies dinner  and meeting in Washington, D.C., October 4, 2012.
Leadership
Leon Panetta On Why Civilian Control Of The Military Is Important
In an exclusive interview with Task & Purpose, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta explains why it’s important for civilians to maintain control of the military.
Brig. Gen. John Rossi shakes hands with Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Thomson, Nov. 12, after arriving on Camp Taji, Iraq, for a visit to the troops there.
Health & Fitness
After A General’s Suicide, The Army’s Looking At Officer Health
A 2-star general committed suicide in July, prompting the Army to consider the health of its officer corps.
Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of defense, arrives for a meeting with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee which would conduct Mattis’ confirmation hearing, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017.
News
Mattis’ Confirmation Hearing Is This Week
Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis will face two hearings to be confirmed as America’s new defense secretary.
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) were named as Town & Country's most eligible bachelors in 2017.
News
Here Are The 2 Most Eligible Veteran Bachelors In The World
Two veteran congressmen have been named as top bachelors in 2017.
Samaria Tomlin, daughter of U.S. Navy Seaman Keaton Tomlin, assigned to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., rests in the arms of her mother, Chikeyva Tomlin, at the U.S. Air Force Hospital Langley, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Jan. 3, 2017.
News
This Vet Missed Work When His Wife Went Into Labor, So His Company Fired Him
Lamar Austin had a new baby on New Years, but witnessing the birth cost him his job.
Ensign Sean Barner is presented with the Navy and Marine Corps medal.
Unsung Heroes
UNSUNG HEROES: The ROTC Student Who Stopped A Rape And Armed Robbery At A Party
Sean Barner’s cool head saved an apartment full of his friends from masked assailants.
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News
VA Forces Green Beret To Pay Child Support For Someone Else’s Kid
In an ugly divorce, a DNA test found an Army veteran’s son isn’t his child. But the VA is still charging him child support.
The Veterans Affairs backlog in 2012
Veterans Benefits
Think Your VA Rating Is Wrong? Here’s What You Can Do
If you believe that the VA rated your disability incorrectly, there is a way to refute it.
In this Monday, March 30, 2015 photo, Army veteran Michael Thrun, left, and Navy veteran Thomas Berry sit in wheelchairs as they wait for their rides following treatment at the Veterans Administration Puget Sound Medical Center in Seattle. In an analysis of six months of appointment data at 940 VA hospitals and clinics nationwide from September 2014 to February 2015, the majority of Veterans Administration medical facilities in Washington state are meeting timeliness goals for scheduling doctor visits, but centers in Walla Walla, Vancouver and Chehalis have yet to hit their targets.
Veterans Benefits
Don’t Ditch The VA Now That It’s Finally Improving
The VA outperforms the private sector in many areas, according to a Harvard Business School case study.