Media

By the authors of Our Veterans: Winners, Losers, Friends, and Enemies on the New Terrain of Veterans Affairs

Can VT National Guard reform its ’toxic’ culture?
VTDigger | 9.23.22 | Jasper Craven
“A star soldier faces allegations of sexual misconduct.”

“Our Veterans, Wounds of War”
Mass Peace Action webinar | 9.17.22 | Suzanne Gordon & Steve Early
A discussion of veterans issues with Bonnie Gorman, from Veterans for Peace and Nancy Lessin, a co-founder of Military Families Speak Out

How to save money at VA without sacrificing veterans
The Hill | 9.14.22 | Suzanne Gordon
“There’s only one way to fix this privatization mess: fully fund and staff the VA.”

How A ‘Rent-a-Vet’ Strategy Helped Big Business in California
Social Policy | Summer 2022 | Suzanne Gordon, Steve Early, & Jasper Craven
“A narrow and ultimately self-defeating mindset has led some Veterans Service Organizations down a not-so-valorous path.”

New Veterans, New and Old Problem
Against the Current | 9.2022 | Review by Ronald Citkowksi
“Anyone having concerns about VA privatization will find Our Veterans to be an essential source of information.”

The US Military’s JROTC Program Is Even Worse Than You Thought
Jacobin | 8.23.22 | Steve Early & Suzanne Gordon
“According to a recent report, the military’s JROTC program is rife with sexual misconduct and outright abuse of young women.”

Congress and the VA MISSION Act
American Prospect | 8.10.22 | Suzanne Gordon, Steve Early, & Jasper Craven
“Buyer’s remorse or full speed ahead?”

New Book Exposes Harsh Truths About Veterans—And America
Beyond Chron | 8.1.22 | Our Veterans Book Review by Randy Shaw
“Central to the book is the broken politics surrounding veterans healthcare.”

Vermont Conversation: The human cost of America's forever wars

by VTDigger Podcast | 7.20.22 | Jasper Craven Interviewed by David Goodman | "Nearly half of troops returning from post-9/11 deployments report having reintegration problems, almost double the number reported by earlier veterans."

Biden’s Pro-Privatization Panel Blocked in the Senate
Common Dreams | 7.14.2022 | Steve Early & Suzanne Gordon
“Only an on-going community-labor campaign against privatization will insure that the VHA is ready and able to serve veterans.”

Two Vets Vie in NY Primary
Convergence | 7.1.22 | Steve Early & Suzanne Gordon
“Brittany Ramos DeBarros is taking on a centrist Democrat—and the military-industrial complex—in the race to represent NYC’s most conservative congressional district.”

The Myth of A “Vet-Friendly” Firm: How Amazon Wraps Itself in The Flag
Democratic Left | 6.30.22 | Suzanne Gordon, Steve Early, and Jasper Craven
“As the U.S. marks the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, it’s sobering to know how many veterans choose not to celebrate with us, but to end their lives…”
The Future of Veterans’ Healthcare Hangs in the Balance
Beyond Chron | 6.1.22 | Suzanne Gordon
“Donald Trump’s plan to dismantle the VHA should not be implemented by the Biden administration.”
Review of Our Veterans
The Veteran | Spring 2022 | John Ketwig
“This book will be incredibly helpful to any vet who takes the time to read it.”
Memorial Day Salute to a Repentant Ex-Marine
CounterPunch | 5.30.22 | Steve Early
“No critic of the U.S. military has been more frequently quoted, by anti-war veterans, than the ‘Fighting Quaker,’ who was the highest ranking and most decorated among them.”
How Valley Forge Military Academy Devolved Into “Lord of the Flies”
Mother Jones | May-June 2022 | Jasper Craven
“All they cared about was there was no negative press.”
Border Deployment Led To Union Organizing in Texas
Convergence | 4.28.2022 | Steve Early & Suzanne Gordon
“Politicized mission and bad conditions push soldiers to join the Texas State Employees Union.”
UK War Resister Reflects on Troubled State of Veteranhood
New Politics | 4.18.2022 | Steve Early & Suzanne Gordon
“Military service in the U.S. and the U.K. promised more than it ever delivered for many post-9/11 volunteers.”
The Green Marine
Popular Resistance | 4.15.2022 | Steve Early & Suzanne Gordon
“A different kind of ‘service candidate’ runs for Senate.”

The Labor of Veterans

by KPFA, Against the Grain | 4.13.2022 | Suzanne Gordon and Steve Early discuss military service as work, attempts to privatize veterans’ healthcare, and the efficacy of veterans groups and labor organizations involved in these issues. (Begins at 5:00 min.)

Democrats are Stacking the Deck Against Vets
Washington Monthly | 4.13.2022 | Steve Early & Suzanne Gordon
“Biden may soon put the VA’s future in the hands of privatization advocates.”
Biden Is Not Building Back Better at the VA
CounterPunch | 3.23.2022 | Steve Early & Suzanne Gordon
“On March 14, Joe Biden’s Secretary for Veterans Affairs, Denis McDonough took an even bigger step away from building back better at the VA. “
Biden’s VA Secretary Proposes Shutting Down Dozens of Facilities
American Prospect | 3.21.2022 | Suzanne Gordon
“The Administration’s VA infrastructure plan is both bad politics and bad policy.”
Why veterans and municipal labor must defend VA patient care in NYC
The Chief Leader | 3.16.2022 | Steve Early & Suzanne Gordon
“Among those who will be adversely affected by further VA outsourcing are the many NYC municipal workers who served in the military.”
VA Critic Becomes Virginia’s New Veterans Affairs Chief
The Washington Monthly | 2.1.2022 | Suzanne Gordon & Steve Early
“What Glenn Youngkin’s appointment of Daniel Gade reveals about the GOP’s real attitude toward returning soldiers. “
The Rampant Fraudulent Billing in Outsourced Veterans’ Health Care
The American Prospect | 1.5.2022 | Suzanne Gordon
“With taxpayers on the hook for services never performed.”
The Right Wants to Make Disabled Veterans Into the New “Welfare Queens”
Jacobin | 12.28.2021 | Steve Early & Suzanne Gordon
“Conservatives have long worked to dismantle the American welfare state. They’ve been so successful that some are even turning their sights on a formerly sacrosanct group: combat veterans returned from war.”
VHA Caregivers Provide Privatization Reality Check
The American Prospect | 11.20.2021 | Suzanne Gordon
“Surveys show that veterans are not getting better or more timely care from the private sector.”