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 "War and Health: The Medical Consequences of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."

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To anyone who is listening in elected office anywhere in America: I hope you have a plan for a peaceful transition of power, since the “law-and-order” president is, of course, anything but that when it comes to sustaining our democracy, rather than his presidency. (Photo by John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
A Well-Armed and Unpatriotic Far Right
It was July 2017, a few weeks before the " Unite the Right " Charlottesville riots, when white men marched through the streets of that Virginia city protesting the planned takedown of a confederate statue and chanting, "Jews will not replace us." I was sitting at a coffee shop in my quiet town of...
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War is an indescribable nightmare. (Photo: Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
War Zone America?
When it rains, pieces of glass, pottery, and metal rise through the mud in the hills surrounding my Maryland home. The other day, I walked outside barefoot to fetch one of my kid’s shoes and a pottery shard stabbed me in the heel. Nursing a minor infection, I wondered how long that fragment dated...
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Cmdr. R.J. Zamberlan, the commanding officer of the Navy's newest littoral combat ship, USS Kansas City (LCS 22), reads his orders during the ship’s commissioning ceremony on June 20, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex Corona) Views
Tuesday, August 04, 2020
A Naval Officer's Spouse on Why the US Military Puts Empire Over Public Health
American military personnel are getting sick in significant numbers in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. As The New York Times reported in a piece buried in the back pages of its July 21st edition, “The infection rate in the services has tripled over the past six weeks as the United States...
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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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