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Space Force vice commander: Service members won’t be called ‘spacemen’

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Members of the newly created Space Force still don’t have a title, officials said Wednesday, while also saying they won’t be referred to as “spacemen.”

Leaders have been conducting research on what to call the troops, said Lt. Gen. David Thompson, vice commander of the Space Force, Military Times reported.

“We need to go through a process with Congress to provide authorization for specific individuals to transfer,” he said at an event while speaking to reporters.

The sixth branch of the armed forces has around 16,000 Air Force service members and civilians assigned to it. Thompson said plans will be made to integrate soldiers, sailors and Marines who end their enlistments or resign their officer commissions with their current branches of service and opt to enter the Space Force.

The Air Force will transfer certain personnel to the new branch in the fiscal year 2021, with the Army and Navy to follow the year after.

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“We also want to make absolutely sure that when these individuals transfer in, that all of that is in place,” Thompson said.

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Pentagon deploys low-yield nuclear weapon for first time: report

The Pentagon Tuesday said it has deployed a new low-yield submarine-launched ballistic missile armed with a nuclear warhead to counter Russia’s arsenal of smaller tactical nuclear weapons.

“This supplemental capability strengthens deterrence and provides the United States a prompt, more survivable low-yield strategic weapon,” John Rood, the undersecretary of defense for policy, said in a statement.

He says the weapon, known as W76-2, lowers the risk of nuclear war.

Critics say low-yield nuclear weapons lower the threshold for using nuclear weapons, increasing the risk of nuclear war. And while W76-2’s strength is classified, experts say it likely has around one-third the power of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

PENTAGON RAISES NUMBER OF US TROOPS WHO SUSTAINED BRAIN INJURIES IN IRAN MISSILE STRIKE

The warhead is the first major addition to the U.S. nuclear arsenal in decides and shows a departure from the Obama administration’s policy of lessening dependence of nukes for deterrence.

Details about where and when the weapon was deployed are classified, Rood said.

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FILE – In this Jan. 9, 2008 photo released by the U.S. Navy, The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Wyoming approaches Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. The Pentagon’s top policy official tells The Associated Press that the United States for the first time has deployed the newest addition to its nuclear arsenal — a submarine-launched weapon that the Trump administration says will make nuclear war less likely. (Lt. Rebecca Rebarich/U.S. Navy via AP)

The Trump administration aims to “dissuade” Russia from thinking it could win a war in Europe if it used its own low-yield weapons first, forcing the U.S. to either surrender or respond with full-scale nuclear war.

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash, said “The administration’s decision to deploy the W76-2 warhead remains a misguided and dangerous one,” Reuters reported. “The deployment of this warhead does nothing to make Americans safer.”

Bruce Blair, co-founder of Global Zero, an international group advocating for the elimination of nuclear arms, also opposes W76-2 and testified in front of Congress last year.

“We must not delude ourselves into thinking lower-yield nukes are more usable in a conflict,” the former Air Force nuclear weapons officer testified.

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“Any use of this sea-based weapon — either first or second — will risk stoking the flames of conflict and escalating to all-out nuclear war,” Blair said. “A wiser response to an enemy’s use of one or two low-yield nukes would be to refrain from nuclear escalation while unleashing America’s ferocious and decisive conventional juggernaut.”

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Sexual assaults at US military academies rise sharply

Reports of sexual assault at the nation’s military academies rose sharply in the past school year, a new Pentagon survey has found.

The numbers for the 2018-19 school year jumped by one-third over the previous school year, according to the Pentagon’s “Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies.” The Pentagon submitted the report to Congress Thursday.

“Our data last year, and the findings from this years’ report, reflect the progress we have made in some areas, and the significant work that remains,” said Elizabeth Van Winkle, executive director of the Office of Force Resiliency.

Cadets and midshipmen reported 122 sexual assaults in the 2018-19 school year, according to the report.

 MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULTS RISE BY 44% AMONG FEMALES IN RANKS: PENTAGON REPORT

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In 2017-18, the number was 92, a 32 percent jump.

There were 27 additional sexual assaults reported in 2018-19, including some from civilians and active service members, bringing the total to 149 – and up from 117 in 2017-18.

‘SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS’: UNWANTED CONTACT REPORTS HIT ALL-TIME HIGH AT COAST GUARD ACADEMY

The Pentagon said it would await a more detailed report in 2021 to decide if the new numbers were signs of a more prevalent problem of sexual assault at the Army, Air Force and Navy academies.

The report cited the academies’ underlying culture tolerant of sexually harassing behavior and alcohol misuse as risk factors for sexual assault.

“Female cadets and midshipmen expressed the perceived need to adapt to social norms to fit in with the ‘boy’s club,’” the authors of the report wrote. “They noted a number of behaviors embedded in the ‘bro’ culture, including sexual jokes, making sexual comments, gestures, or advances, and unwanted touching that they tolerate to be socially accepted.”

An advocate for victims of sexual assault in the military pointed to last year’s report and said this year’s numbers reflect an increase in incidents, not just a greater willingness to report them, USA Today reported.

Don Christensen, president of Protect our Defenders and a former chief prosecutor for the Air Force, told the paper that he didn’t see the report as good news.

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“Rather,” he said, “it’s a reflection of a worsening problem.”

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Sexual assaults at US military academies rise sharply

Reports of sexual assault at the nation’s military academies rose sharply in the past school year, a new Pentagon survey has found.

The numbers for the 2018-19 school year jumped by one-third over the previous school year, according to the Pentagon’s “Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies.” The Pentagon submitted the report to Congress Thursday.

“Our data last year, and the findings from this years’ report, reflect the progress we have made in some areas, and the significant work that remains,” said Elizabeth Van Winkle, executive director of the Office of Force Resiliency.

Cadets and midshipmen reported 122 sexual assaults in the 2018-19 school year, according to the report.

 MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULTS RISE BY 44% AMONG FEMALES IN RANKS: PENTAGON REPORT

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U.S. Military Academy at West Point (iStock)

In 2017-18, the number was 92, a 32 percent jump.

There were 27 additional sexual assaults reported in 2018-19, including some from civilians and active service members, bringing the total to 149 – and up from 117 in 2017-18.

‘SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS’: UNWANTED CONTACT REPORTS HIT ALL-TIME HIGH AT COAST GUARD ACADEMY

The Pentagon said it would await a more detailed report in 2021 to decide if the new numbers were signs of a more prevalent problem of sexual assault at the Army, Air Force and Navy academies.

The report cited the academies’ underlying culture tolerant of sexually harassing behavior and alcohol misuse as risk factors for sexual assault.

“Female cadets and midshipmen expressed the perceived need to adapt to social norms to fit in with the ‘boy’s club,’” the authors of the report wrote. “They noted a number of behaviors embedded in the ‘bro’ culture, including sexual jokes, making sexual comments, gestures, or advances, and unwanted touching that they tolerate to be socially accepted.”

An advocate for victims of sexual assault in the military pointed to last year’s report and said this year’s numbers reflect an increase in incidents, not just a greater willingness to report them, USA Today reported.

Don Christensen, president of Protect our Defenders and a former chief prosecutor for the Air Force, told the paper that he didn’t see the report as good news.

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“Rather,” he said, “it’s a reflection of a worsening problem.”

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Trump to roll back Obama-era ban on land mines

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The Trump administration is loosening an Obama-era ban on certain kinds of land mines in an effort to give the U.S. military another tool on the battlefield, U.S. officials said.

The move, expected to be announced by the White House and at the Pentagon on Friday, will partially reverse the ban the U.S. unilaterally instituted in 2014 to prevent the acquisition and use of land mines. The Obama White House also directed the Pentagon to study viable alternatives that would comply with a 1997 international treaty, signed by 160 countries, that banned the weapons altogether but of which the U.S. wasn’t a signatory.

The move opens the Trump administration to criticism from human rights groups and others who believe the administration is resorting to dangerous tactics that other countries view as illegal to achieve ends on the battlefield.

Under the change, military commanders would have more latitude in allowing mines on the battlefield to kill opposing troops or force changes in their movements during conflict, officials said.

The U.S. will allow its military commanders to use new kinds of land mines that are deployed above ground and can be programmed to self-destruct in 30 days, officials said.

White House, State Department and Defense Department officials declined to comment. Defense Secretary Mark Esper acknowledged Thursday that there would be a change in policy.

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Pentagon says more troops injured after Jan. 8 rocket attack in Iraq

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The Pentagon on Tuesday updated the number of U.S. troops injured in a retaliatory airstrike on an Iraqi air base following the death of an Iranian general.

“As of today, 50 U.S. service members have been diagnosed with TBI [traumatic brain injury],” Defense Department spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Campbell said in a statement.

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The troops were injured on Jan. 8 after Iran fired missiles on U.S. and coalition forces at the Al-Assad Air Base in Iraq following the death of Iranian Quds Force Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Initial estimates put the number of troops who suffered concussions at 34. Fifteen of the 16 newly diagnosed troops have returned back to duty. Eighteen service members have been transported to Germany for further evaluation and treatment, the Pentagon said.

Campbell said that the numbers were a “snapshot in time” and could change.

The updated numbers come after President Trump downplayed injuries sustained by service members in the attack.

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“I don’t consider them very serious injuries relative to other injuries that I’ve seen,” Trump told a reporter in Switzerland last week where he attended the World Economic Forum in Davos. “I’ve seen what Iran has done with their roadside bombs to our troops.”

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Judge Napolitano: Mitch McConnell was blindsided, should have been told about Bolton ‘bombshell’

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The Trump administration should have told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., about the “bombshell” allegations contained in former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s new book, Judge Andrew Napolitano said Tuesday.

This weekend, a report in The New York Times revealed an excerpt from the forthcoming book titled “The Room Where it Happened” – an apparent reference to the Broadway musical “Hamilton” – that could prove pivotal in the impeachment trial against President Trump.

In it, Bolton wrote that the president told him in August that he wanted to continue to freeze almost $400 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats, including the Biden family.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade, Napolitano said since the release of part of the manuscript, the issue has become whether or not Bolton will testify before House managers and the Senate in the impeachment trial.

BOLTON’S MANUSCRIPT LEAKS AS MEMOIR PRE-ORDERS BEGIN ON AMAZON; TRUMP FIRES BACK

“The issue is, does John Bolton testify because…if this happens, it will open up a can of worms in terms of the other witnesses,” he said. “Suppose, for example, John Bolton relates a conversation that only he and the president had…how are the president’s people going to rebut that without the unthinkable: putting the president on the stand?”

Napolitano said that while both the president and Bolton are protected by privilege, the question is whether or not Bolton could start “spilling the beans” under oath in the well of the Senate.

“And, that’s where the authority is divided,” he remarked.

On Sunday, the president refuted Bolton’s claim, writing on Twitter that he “NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens.”

Trump went on to accuse Bolton of trying to “sell a book,” noting that Bolton did not complain publicly or privately about the aid holdup “at the time of his very public termination.”

“What if the president was talking about 2016 [and] John Bolton thought he was talking about 2020 and there was that confusion?” asked Earhardt.

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“That’s why you have cross-examination to examine,” Napolitano replied. “But, remember, executive privilege doesn’t apply to every conversation the president has. In this context, it applies – interestingly – right in John Bolton’s wheelhouse: military, diplomatic, sensitive national security.

“All it would have to do is change the minds of a few Republicans and then this is a new ballgame,” he concluded.

Fox News’ Gregg Re and Gillian Turner contributed to this report.

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Sen. Jim Inhofe: Dems have no case, just want to drag out impeachment ahead of election

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Senate Democrats and House managers in the impeachment trial against President Trump want to drag out proceedings as long as they can prior to the November electionRepublican Sen. Jim Inhofe from Oklahoma said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with hosts Griff Jenkins, Pete Hegseth and Lisa Boothe, Inhofe said that the “whole purpose of this is” trying to “beat up” the president as opposed to “doing the things we need to be doing.”

“I was sitting there, listening,” he told the “Friends: Weekend” hosts. “We heard the same thing over… Every nasty word they could say about the president, they did. And yet… they’re trying to get more witnesses in all this. They just want to drag this thing out.”

“Here we have a president that’s given us the best economy of my life and rebuilding the military that was destroyed… I mean, he’s doing great things. And yet, they want to be talking about impeachment between now and November,” he remarked. “We’re not going to let them do that.”

TRUMP LEGAL TEAM GOES ON OFFENSE IN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL, ACCUSE DEMOCRATS OF ‘MASSIVE’ ELECTION INTERFERENCE

Saturday was the first chance Trump’s lawyers had to refute the House’s case. In a two-hour preview of their legal argument, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said Democrats have no case and are doing damage to democracy by trying to undermine the will of American voters.

“For all their talk about election interference, they’re here to perpetrate the most massive interference in an election in American history,” Cipollone said in his opening remarks to the Senate. “And we can’t allow that to happen.”

Conversely, the Democrats have argued that Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors are such an offense to the Constitution and a threat to the fairness of the 2020 election that senators must remove him from office immediately, rather than wait for voters to decide at the ballot box in November.

Cipollone and his team will have three days and up to 24 hours to launch their defense — the same amount of time as House managers.

With little hope of winning a conviction in the GOP-controlled Senate, Democrats have turned their attention to forcing a vote on calling additional witnesses and obtaining White House documents, which would take the support of just 51 senators — or four GOP defections.

Inhofe said he would imagine that the House managers, led by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., will try to get that vote when the trial resumes on Monday.

“I think that Schiff is going to try to use that… because he had the opportunity to have all the witnesses they wanted to. They could have continued with their survey in the very beginning that set this thing up and they elected not to do it,” he said.

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“Monday and Tuesday will be major days,” the Oklahoma Senator said. “Now, keep in mind, right after that we’ll have a chance to… clarify anything or ask questions. But, no I think that… I don’t think you need all that time and the reason you have so many pages of information, of stuff that they came up with over the last four days on Schiff’s group, is that they don’t have a case.”

“This guy’s doing a good job and you know… they hate the guy,” he said of how Democrats feel about the president. “But, nonetheless, we’re going to win — they’re going to lose.”

Inhofe told Hegseth, Jenkins and Boothe that he believes the trial could wrap up within the next week.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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Joe Kent: America can win the War on Terror without endless wars

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The American people want out of our endless wars in the Middle East. This is a rare, nonpartisan issue our divisive political climate. President Trump ran on this concept in 2016, and the 2020 Democratic field of candidates vying to take on Trump is echoing the sentiment as well.

When the campaign rhetoric fades, “ending the endless wars” is hard to form into coherent foreign policy. No serious president can afford to walk away from the Middle East without exposing us to the threat of terrorism or of losing the strategic fight to regional competitors such as Iran or near-peer competitors such as Russia and China.

The national security establishment presents the complex issues in the Middle East as a binary choice. They suggest we must either fight until we secure a victory they cannot define, or that we must pull everyone out and retreat from the world.

KENT INGLE: IRAN CONFLICT ILLUSTRATES WHY WE HAVE A PRESIDENT. WAR POWERS RESOLUTION TIES TRUMP’S HANDS

This is a false choice. We have other options. To understand our options we must accept that we have failed in our post-9/11 wars.

We have failed because we refuse to accept that war and international power have changed. If wars could still be won by a decisive military victory against a foe able to accept the terms of surrender, the U.S. would have no rivals. We would experience victory whenever we chose to use our military might.

The main reason we have failed in our post-9/11 wars is our inability to define a clear mission. What is the goal of the War on Terror?

For proof of our failures, look no further than our most infamous post-9/11 wars. Afghanistan just had its most lethal year for U.S. troops since 2014. To add insult to travesty, the release of the “Afghanistan Papers” closed out 2019, exposing lies that attempted to cover up nearly two decades of failure.

Iraq, despite years of experts claiming that the government we installed was a stable partner, teeters from disaster to disaster. Iraq has been our most costly and controversial chapter in the War on Terror, and it now threatens to ignite a new conflict with Iran.

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Our terrorist enemies elude defeat by abstaining from decisive engagement in battle, rendering our tactical victories meaningless in the long run. Our strategic rivals, Russia and China, thrive when we are over-extended in wars that we have no hope of ending. Our conflicts also keep us busy in non-strategic areas while Russia and China strategically maneuver abroad and conduct information and economic warfare against our homeland. Our strategic rivals win when we expend resources with no return on our investment.

The main reason we have failed in our post-9/11 wars is our inability to define a clear mission. What is the goal of the War on Terror? Immediately after 9/11, we set out to destroy Al Qaeda. But within a few months, we completely deviated from that clear objective and began nation-building, first in Afghanistan, and then in Iraq. We have not recovered since.

We fight terror to eliminate those who seek to attack our homeland. The ability to locate and kill these terrorists does not require the U.S. to expend resources toppling, propping up or building nations. The myth of “fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them here” is not supported by data. Most of our casualties in the War on Terror have not been inflicted by terrorists or insurgents who possess the intent and capability to attack us outside their countries. Most of the enemies we are fighting in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan are fighting for local or regional goals.

The majority of post-9/11 attack plans against the homeland emanated from Yemen and Pakistan and were thwarted by our intelligence and law enforcement efforts, not due to an enduring military presence on the ground.

Our goals in the region are to ensure that bad people do not physically hold enough ground to dedicate time and resources to launching attacks against us. We also need to contain Iranian aggression and prevent them from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Additionally, we must check Russian encroachment and limit their influence on allies such as Turkey, which would threaten our European allies.

To accomplish these goals we must be judicious with our power and only extend force when and where we must. Luckily, many of our goals are complementary. Our first goal, protecting our homeland from an attack by the Islamic State or Al Qaeda, complements our need to push back on Iranian expansion.

ISIS is an existential threat to Iran and its allies, they are fighting over the same terrain for different objectives, their continued non decisive conflict is in our interest. We can prolong their fight by limiting our strikes against either side and maintaining clandestine ties with members of both sides. Both sides will be highly motivated for funding, air support and weapons. We can exploit their immediate tactical needs for our strategic gain.

The fight between our radical Islamist enemies will be brutal. We must limit our risk by removing the vast majority of our troops, especially those operating in an overt capacity, from their reach. Our bases, patrols and meaningless engagements with the locals only serve as opportunities to attack us. We can launch any limited military operations we need from neighboring countries.

Simultaneously, we must sanction Iran, Iraq and Syria to limit Iran’s reach. Iran’s inability to fund their proxies will limit their influence on the region and allow us to have more influence on cash strapped militias.

Allowing the Islamic State, Al Qaeda and Iran to fight also complements our strategy of limiting Russian expansion in the region. Russia is committed to ensuring port access in Syria and is seeking influence with Turkey. This places Russia in the center of our enemies, attempting to appease all sides and prime for military and economic over-extension.

If we remain spread across the region, our enemies retain the ability to strike us. If we remove ourselves, we take that option off the table, and we are free to use our economic power and intelligence services to achieve our goals.

We can exert additional pressure on Iran and Russia by ending our futile efforts in Afghanistan. The result will look the same whether we leave tomorrow or in another 18 years. The Taliban will return. The only thing we need from Afghanistan is to ensure it is not used as a staging ground for terrorism.

We can accomplish this through a combination of extending our covert drone war from Pakistan and by paying off key members of the Taliban to give up foreign terrorists for financial gain. Simply put, we offer them the chance to get rich or get bombed. The Taliban may also be used to destabilize Iran’s eastern border, allowing our rivals to fight each other.

If we remain spread across the region, our enemies retain the ability to strike us. If we remove ourselves, we take that option off the table, and we are free to use our economic power and intelligence services to achieve our goals.

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We have a hard time accepting that war is no longer waged against a clear enemy. The lands we are fighting in are not occupied France. If the region changes, it will be gradual. It’s on the people of the region to crush the radicalism that currently dominates them.

Until that day, we must define what we need from the region and take decisive and sustainable action that does not entrap us in wars with no end or gain.

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Karen Pence: The Trump-Pence administration is working tirelessly for America’s veterans and military families

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None of my duties and experiences as second lady of the United States has been as fulfilling as the opportunity to work with those who have served and sacrificed for this country: America’s military service members, spouses, veterans, and their families. As a proud Blue Star mom of a U.S. Marine, I have a deeper understanding of the daily sacrifices. Without a doubt, our Armed Forces deserve our respect and care.

In 2016, President Trump and my husband, Vice President Mike Pence, placed veterans at the very center of their campaign, promising to do right by the men and women who put their lives on the line for this country, many of whom served in the decade and a half following Sept. 11, 2001. Veterans rewarded that commitment with their support, voting Republican by a ratio of nearly two to one in the 2016 presidential election and remaining steadfastly behind this administration ever since.

The president and the vice president have ceaselessly endeavored to honor this country’s promises to military service members and their families. First and foremost, this administration has fulfilled its pledge to remold American foreign policy and stop the open-ended overseas deployments that put Americans in harm’s way and separate them from their families for years on end.

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While the realities of our unstable world and the continued existence of groups that would do us harm necessitate a continued American military presence in certain parts of the world, the past three years mark the first time in a generation that we’ve gone so long without new, large-scale combat deployments. That hasn’t stopped us from achieving extraordinary successes, including the eradication of the Islamic State’s “caliphate” of medieval brutality and the elimination of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the terrorist monster who once reigned as its despot.

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Still, the sacrifices made during the years of war in Afghanistan, Iraq, and countless other deployments in the War on Terror — not to mention earlier conflicts — are still fresh in the minds of thousands of military families who must live with the physical and psychological consequences of those conflicts.

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Over the course of this administration, I’ve had the honor to try to help alleviate those deep scars. I’ve worked to bring awareness and access to creative arts therapies for those with service-related traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life to hear wounded warriors tell me of the relief that treatment has brought them.

Americans consider it a sacred duty to reward veterans for their service and ease the suffering many of them endure as a result. During the previous administration, our Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) sometimes fell woefully short of upholding that duty. Our president and vice president promised to rectify the shortcomings, and they have kept that promise.

The president recently signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act — the largest-ever investment in the United States military. Before President Trump and Vice President Pence took office, the military experienced destructive budget cuts on a regular basis. As candidates, they promised to reverse this devastating trend, and I’m proud to say they have delivered.

In the last fiscal year, the president secured the largest budget for the VA in history: $86.5 billion. But money alone was not enough. The president also signed the VA MISSION Act, a bill to dramatically improve healthcare quality and choice for veterans, and the “Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2019,” which extends key programs for veterans such as anti-homelessness initiatives.

He has also implemented major reforms of VA management, signing a bill to create a new Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at the VA in order to make it easier to fire bureaucrats who are not delivering for veterans and replace them with competent employees who will give our veterans the quality of service they deserve.

We all have a duty to the families of those who serve: men and women who make sacrifices of their own to support their spouses, parents, and children in uniform. That’s why I’ve been so proud to lead an awareness campaign to elevate and encourage our military spouses. I’ve met hundreds of spouses who live throughout the United States and other parts of the world in helping to address military spouse unemployment, one of their biggest challenges.

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As part of the effort to encourage more business to hire and retain veterans’ spouses, I’ve had the honor of celebrating the new Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zones (MSEEZ) around the country to help ensure those military family members are able to enjoy their fair share of the jobs and prosperity created by the strong and growing Trump economy.

As we move into the thick of the 2020 presidential campaign, the Veterans for Trump coalition will be an indispensable element of the movement to secure another four years of progress for veterans and military families. My hope is that veterans will look at the promises kept so far and decide to entrust this administration with another four years to continue this important work.

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