Mike Connolly is a veteran of two combat tours in Iraq as an Army Infantryman. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha for both his undergraduate and graduate education, and serves as Director of Military and Veteran Affairs at the Smith School of the University of Maryland. Connolly is a Defense Council Member of the Truman National Security Project.
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jensen Stidham
Many people see a problem and lament it; few actually have the guts to do something to solve it. Air Force veteran Jayson Browder is in the second category. While the lack of veterans in key foreign policy roles has been remarked on previously, no organizations had been founded specifically to address the problem.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is in trouble and under attack. This shouldn’t be groundbreaking news to anyone — it has been for a long time. With the release of the final report from the Commission on Care — the blue-ribbon panel established to make recommendations to improve VA healthcare services — more fodder has been given to critics who seek to privatize much of how VA serves patients. The report was released last week and much of what it offers is old news — essentially, it serves to give ammunition to viewpoints already held by different stakeholders.
The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs is an unyielding, unresponsive mess.Recent findings have shown that not only has the unethical and inappropriate culture of VA healthcare employees not improved since passage oflegislation aimed to address deficiencies, it has actually continued. When compared to the promises made to provide high-quality and timely care for veterans, this is obviously unacceptable and in need of drastic repair.
Millennials love other peoples’ service. To deny otherwise is to deny both recent polling and common observation. When terrorists attack our country or our allies, millennials are in line with every other demographic group in America in supporting increased security measures, use of force, and military service.