Defend democracy in the South.


Veterans link Iraq to Gulf Coast

March 21, 2007 - In April 1953, the famous "red state" Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower made this famous statement about the trade-offs between war spending and human needs:

Veteran scandals hit the South

March 14, 2007 - Shocking stories of the "shameful" treatment of veteran soldiers are reverberating across the country, but it hits an especially sore nerve in the South. As the Institute has shown in several reports, military bases and production have shifted South, and the region's share of veterans has also dramatically grown.

Where do veterans live?

November 11, 2005 - Here on Veteran's Day, I was looking at the Census data on where veterans live by state. I thought this was interesting:

Army Lowers Standards to Ease Recruitment Crisis

October 4, 2005 - When faced with defeat, move the goalposts: Facing recruiting shortages brought on by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army has decided to accept a greater number of recruits who score near the bottom of military aptitude tests, the secretary of the Army said Monday.