On Veterans Day, A Look At How Service Members and Veterans View Climate Change

On Veterans Day, A Look At How Service Members and Veterans View Climate Change

A survey conducted last year of military service members and veterans found that 77% of them believed that military bases in coastal or island regions will be damaged by flooding or severe storms as a result of climate change and 61% believed that drought and famine-driven international military conflict over food and water resources fairly or very likely to occur. 

Why This Matters:  Climate change is increasingly becoming a national security issue and members of the military and veterans can help to broaden public support in conservative communities for climate initiatives.

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One Good Thing: Veterans Get Free Lifetime Passes to National Parks

One Good Thing: Veterans Get Free Lifetime Passes to National Parks

President Trump may have fired his Defense Secretary yesterday, but at least the administration did one good thing.  The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that all U.S. military veterans and gold star families are now eligible to get free access to national parks, wildlife refuges, and thousands of other recreation areas. The passes ordinarily cost $80, […]

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Required Reading This Veterans Day

Required Reading This Veterans Day

Here are two pieces that we recommend you read today, one of which we’ve written and the other an op-ed in the Star Tribune calling on us to honor veterans by examining the environmental damage inflicted by the military. Michael McDonald, president of Twin Cities Veterans for Peace and Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, emeritus professor of justice […]

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Honoring Animal War Veterans

Honoring Animal War Veterans

While humans generally get most of the recognition today, animals have helped play an important part in military operations throughout our history.

Why This Matters: We should remember to honor animal veterans today in addition to the human ones. The bravery of animals helps save countless human lives and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude.

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Honor Their Service: Visit a National Battlefield or War Memorial

Honor Their Service: Visit a National Battlefield or War Memorial

The National Park Service preserves more than one hundred battlefields, military parks, and historic sites across the country that honor the service of American veterans from nearly every war. 

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EPA Slow to Act on PFAS Contamination Crisis

EPA Slow to Act on PFAS Contamination Crisis

A hearing on Capitol Hill today probed EPA’s failure to set safety standards for a class of toxic chemicals called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — also called the “forever chemicals” because they take thousands of years to break down.  Both Democrats and Republicans are concerned because PFAS has seeped into many public water systems in the United States and globally, especially near and on military bases and industrial sites, exposing millions to these chemicals at dangerous levels and causing health problems in those communities. 

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