Stacy Bannerman

Stacy Bannerman is the author of Homefront 911: How Families of Veterans Are Wounded by Our Wars (2015), and When the War Came Home (2006). She was a charter board member of Military Families Speak Out, has testified before Congress three times, and spearheaded the passage of two bills. Her website is www.stacybannerman.com

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Our loved ones didn’t sign up to serve a president. They signed up to serve the American people, most of whom have no idea what they’re fighting for.(Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
If You Forget About a War, It's Time to End It
You’d hardly know it from the news, but we’ve been continuously at war in Afghanistan since 2001. The war quietly turned 17 on October 7. Unfortunately, America’s amnesia didn’t prevent Command Sergeant Major Tim Bolyard from being killed in Afghanistan in early September during his eighth combat...
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"A feminist foreign policy is not just about the common good—it’s about the global good." (Photo: Alejandro Alvarez/Twitter) Views
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
A Foreign Policy That Can Change Everything for Everyone
We’re in the midst of an unprecedented social, political and environmental crisis that will require us to change everything. Including the one thing we won’t discuss: war. War is the weaponization of discrimination, classism and misogyny. So why are so few women talking about it? We talk about #...
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Is Climate the Worst Casualty of War?
How do you clear a room of climate activists? Start talking about war. It’s not just environmentalists that leave; it’s pretty much everyone. Mission accomplished by the Bush Administration, which sent the military and their families to war and the rest of the country to an amusement park. The...
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Sunday, March 11, 2018
The 15th Anniversary of "Original Sin"
Here we go again. Every year around this time, some of the conservatives who championed the Iraq War put on their hair shirts and launch a pre-emptive mea culpa strike that’s a pity-party in disguise. I came across a particularly poignant example of this from Max Boot, a senior fellow for national...
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Sunday, March 20, 2016
Will Candidates Turn “Shock and Awe” into Truth and Reconciliation?
This weekend marks thirteen years since the “Shock and Awe” invasion of Iraq, and while the Presidential contenders have gone back-and-forth about the war, not one of them is leading the way forward. If they want to show they’re qualified for the Oval Office, promoting an American Truth &...
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Presidential Hopefuls “Mistaken” on Iraq
The Iraq war was many things, but it was not was a mistake, as the current cluster of presidential hopefuls are claiming . Taking a wrong exit off the interstate is a mistake. Taking a wrong premise and turning it into the biggest foreign policy bloodbath in modern American history is political...
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Sunday, March 15, 2009
Why We Need a Federal Military Family Leave Act: Oh, What a Difference the Draft Makes
My husband is currently serving his second tour in Iraq with the Washington State Army National Guard, two years before the 81st Brigade was supposed to be eligible to be called up again, according to a long-standing Pentagon policy. We struggled with post-combat reintegration and were separated...
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Sunday, May 04, 2008
McCain's Noble Cause
It took nearly three years, and it came from a Presidential wannabe rather than President Bush, but Cindy Sheehan finally got an answer to her question: "What is the noble cause?" It's oil. Senator McCain, speaking at a campaign stop, said, "I will have an energy policy ...which will eliminate our...
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Thursday, November 01, 2007
War IS a Women's Issue, Senator Clinton
I spoke with Senator Clinton back in 2006, when I spent almost three months spearheading Operation House Call , a daily vigil in the summer sauna of Capitol Hill, with a growing number of combat boots representing what Congress's decision to "stay the course" in Iraq was costing our troops. The...
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Monday, September 03, 2007
When Mental Healthcare Goes AWOL
America must quit treating its National Guardsmen and reserves like second-class soldiers. To an unprecedented extent, President Bush has been relying on the men and women of our National Guard to help fight his war in Iraq. Today, they make up approximately 20 percent of the force, down from a...
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