Tessa Poppe is a program specialist for Overseas Safety and Security at the U.S. Institute of Peace. The views expressed are her own. Tessa served in the Army National Guard for seven years and deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, and Kunar province, Afghanistan, as a military police officer. She holds a Master's Degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a Bachelor's in International Studies and English from the University of Iowa.
Recent articles from Tessa Poppe
These Vets Stormed The Capitol To Fight For Service Members The Pentagon Left Behind
This group of vets is fighting to help troops who were forced out of the military with less-than-honorable discharges due to mental health issues.
4 Reasons Why Internships Are Worth The Hassle (Even The Unpaid Ones)
Internships offer skills and experiences you won’t get in the classroom.
Understanding Sexual Assault In The Armed Forces Requires Looking Outside The Military
The “sexual assault problem” is not a military problem, it is a societal one.
What Happens When Veterans Receive Bad Paper Discharges?
Discharges for misconduct are on the rise military wide, but this behavior could be the result of post-traumatic stress or a traumatic brain injury. It is up to the military to sort through undeserved bad papers.
The Injury Afflicting Veterans That No One Wants to Talk About
We need to start talking about how severe injuries, to include post-traumatic stress disorder, affect veterans’ sexual function, fertility, and ability to be intimate.
We Need To Come To Terms With This Generation’s True War Story
“Once a soldier becomes a symbol, an abstraction available for political ends, we deny him or her the humanity we strive to celebrate.”
Why Is The Military Getting Involved In The NFL’s Domestic Violence Scandal?
As the NFL grapples with its poor handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case, it is taking a few tips from the U.S. Army.
The VA Is Being Sued For Denying Benefits To Same-Sex Couples
A military-veteran advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs for failing to provide all same-sex married couples with spousal benefits ranging from home loan guarantees to burial rights.
5 Smart College Degrees Modern Veterans Should Consider
We have an overview of five college degrees that every veteran should check out.