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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Secure Families Initiative volunteer Ariana Basilias was published in The Seattle Times.
Secure Families Initiative Director Sarah Streyder co-authored an opinion piece with Adam Weinstein of the Quincy Institute. “Biden, Afghanistan and the commodification of the American warfighter” was published on FoxNews.com.