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.
It’s NDAA season! That means Congress is knee-deep in negotiating policy and spending priorities for the Department of Defense. For advocates like us, this is a prime window of opportunity to champion our issues. Take a look at 3 priorities SFI will be tracking this season.
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.
It is with deep sadness, frustration, confusion, and even anger that our community watches the Taliban advancement unfolding in Afghanistan right now. Our hearts break for our entire military community, and especially our allies in Afghanistan.
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.
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.
One of the most direct overlaps between military families and the movement to reform policing in America is the Pentagon’s 1033 program. Given the program’s relative obscurity, we think it’s important for our community to understand what it is and how it impacts us.
According to reports, President Biden is expected to announce a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11th, 2021. We enthusiastically commend the White House for taking this important step toward ending endless wars.
SFI’s Executive Director Sarah Streyder participated in a webinar hosted by the Veterans and Civilians Initiative to discuss The Role of Veterans & Military Families in Bridging our National Divides.