My name is Mary Monrose. I’m a military spouse, mom, advocate, and podcaster. I’d like to share my story about advocating for an issue I care about — the protection of rights of military children in Special Education.
The Secure Families Initiative released a compelling 9/11 anniversary video, highlighting stories from U.S. military families about what the last 20 years of wartime operational tempo have looked like on the homefront.
Secure Families Initiative Board of Advisors President Heather Aliano wrote an essay for the Just Security Symposium on the 20th anniversary of September 11th. “How Perpetual War Has Changed Us” is a deeply personal reflection on the impacts of twenty years of war on service members and military families.
Yesterday, over 160 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members were killed by suicide bombs near Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport. At least 185 Afghans and 15 U.S. service members were injured. This news has sent ripple effects throughout our military community.
“Action is the antidote to despair.” – Joan Baez We know the images and news out of Afghanistan have been overwhelming and, like us, you have probably felt helpless.
SFI Executive Director Sarah Streyder spoke with Newsweek about military family reactions to the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and what the events of the last week mean for future military decisions.
Today the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations voted on bipartisan legislation S.J. Res. 10 to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs) against Iraq. This important vote brings us closer to ending endless war in the Middle East.
The “For the People Act” passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year and will now get a vote in the Senate later this month. This historic legislation would make it easier for all Americans to vote and includes a number of important updates to federal voting access for military voters.
On April 14, President Biden announced that U.S. troops would withdraw from Afghanistan by September. Join us in sending the White House a letter of support for bringing our troops home.
Last week marked 100 days since the current presidential administration began. Rejoining the Iran Nuclear Deal was one policy that many expected to happen by this benchmark, but hasn’t happened. We thought this would be a good opportunity to reflect on U.S. nuclear weapons policy and why it matters to military families like us.