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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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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Thursday, June 22, 2006
No Surprise in Bush "Emergencies"
President Bush has yet another supposed "emergency" on his hands. This time it's illegal immigration. His response is to deploy thousands of National Guard troops along the Mexican border. The tactic is eerily familiar: send soldiers on a murky mission under the pretense of promoting homeland...
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Tuesday, September 27, 2005
National Guard Sent to Protect Oil, Not People
Hurricane Katrina blew apart President Bush's rickety arguments about how invading Iraq would make us safe. We don't know Hurricane Katrina's death toll, or how many Americans might have lived had the thousands of National Guard troops trained to help in the wake of hurricanes and floods not been...
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Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Worlds Apart
When you’re a Governor, making difficult decisions is part of the job description. Just ask the chief executives of 33 states who attended the 97th annual meeting of the National Governor's Association in Des Moines, Iowa on July 15-16, where they had to choose between boots, bats, or bucks. The...
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Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Let Mr. Bush Explain the War to Highschoolers
I’d like to see President George W. Bush go on live television before a tough crowd. Like a high school class in my hometown that includes Iraqi students and boys who are preparing for boot camp. These Seattle kids are still able to exercise their Constitutional right to freedom of speech. My guess...
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