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

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.
LGBT Advocates Liked What They Heard From Mattis
Gen. James Mattis' stance has evolved since 2014.
Gen. James Mattis testified before SASC.
3 Must-Watch Moments From Mattis’ Confirmation Hearing
Gen. James Mattis testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee and handled it like a pro.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2013 Moscow Victory Day Parade
Putin Just Declared Russia’s Military The Strongest In The World
Russian President Vladimir Putin suggests that his military is greater than any other nation’s.
Liam Neeson is Santa Claus.
Liam Neeson Just Took The War On Christmas To Another Level
Santa Claus is the one role that could break Liam Neeson’s legendary career.
Trump Picks Hockey Team Owner As Secretary Of Army
President-elect Donald Trump has selected billionaire Vincent Viola to serve as his Army Secretary.
This Pop Song Comparing Sex To Killing Bin Laden Is Amazing
Seriously, it’s funnier than “I’m on a boat.”
Ships and submarines from the Republic of Singapore Navy and U.S. Navy gather in formation during the underway phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore 2015.
The Chinese Have Reportedly Captured An American Drone
The Chinese Navy has reportedly seized an unmanned U.S. glider in the South China Sea.
‘Do Not Mess With Old Lady Veterans,’ Says Woman After Kicking A Carjacker’s Ass
A retired Army veteran and her partner took down three teenage carjackers in a Wisconsin gang.