Andrea Mazzarino

Andrea Mazzarino

Andrea Mazzarino co-founded Brown University’s Costs of War Project. She is an activist and social worker interested in the health impacts of war. She has held various clinical, research, and advocacy positions, including at a Veterans Affairs PTSD Outpatient Clinic, with Human Rights Watch, and at a community mental health agency. She is the co-editor of the new book "War and Health: The Medical Consequences of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Articles by this author

If those in uniform continue to be the aggressors against black, brown, and white protesters, including children, where will any of us find a safe haven? (Photo:  Apu GOMES / AFP via Getty Images) Views
Monday, June 22, 2020
A Military Spouse’s Perspective on Racism and Armed Violence in the United States
Recently, in this Black Lives Matter protest moment, my five-year-old son looked at me and asked, "Mommy, where did all the brown people go? Did the police here shoot them?" We’d just moved to the outskirts of a more affluent rural town from a city where my son and three-and-a-half-year-old...
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If so much of our money hadn’t gone into the military-industrial complex, perhaps there would have been enough health-care workers to weather this crisis better. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, May 15, 2020
Who Is "Essential" to Our Covid-19 World
“When he first came home, it was tough.” So Aleha , the wife of an airman in Colorado, told me. She was describing her family’s life since her husband, who lives with chronic depression, completed a partial hospitalization program and, in March, along with other members of his unit, entered a...
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Many military families I’ve met have at least one member with developmental or physical disabilities or a chronic mental illness like bipolar disorder or severe depression. (Photo: Kayla Lasure/Ashe Mountain Times) Views
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
What Americans Don’t Know About Military Families
As each of my husband’s Navy submarine deployments came to an end, local spouses would e-mail me about the ship’s uncertain date of return. They were attempting to sell tickets to a raffle in which the winner would be the first to kiss her returning sailor. When the time came, journalists would...
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One in five of us will be raped in our lifetimes (compared with one in 72 men). (Photo: Mikasi/cc/flickr) Views
Thursday, February 06, 2020
Women and Trauma in the Trump-Putin Era
Last month, as hundreds of thousands of people showed up for the Women's March in Washington, D.C., a few miles from my home, I was at a karate dojo testing for my first belt. My fellow practitioners, ranging in age from five into their seventies, looked on as I hammered my fist through a two-inch...
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I’ve heard it in the voices of the children I’ve met who tell me that they remember vividly their inability to study because they were afraid that, in the very schools where their minds were to be molded, at any moment their bodies might be attacked or even destroyed. (Photo: CNN/Screengrab) Views
Thursday, December 19, 2019
How War Targets the Young
One day in October 2001, shortly after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, I stood at the front of a private high school classroom. As a new social studies teacher, I had been tasked with describing violence against women in that country. I showed the students an article from the front page of the New...
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In 2012, for the first time in our history, American service members began to die by suicide at higher rates than civilians. Today, they are more likely to take their own lives than to perish in combat. (Photo: Balazs Gardi/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, November 25, 2019
Bearing Witness to the Costs of War
There is some incongruity between my role as an editor of a book about the costs of America’s wars and my identity as a military spouse. I’m deeply disturbed at the scale of human suffering caused by those conflicts and yet I’ve unintentionally contributed to the war effort through the life I’ve...
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