Heritage Experts Visit St. Louis to Promote Documentary on Veterans


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Heritage Foundation national security experts James Carafano and James Talent were in St. Louis yesterday for a special screening of “Veteran Nation,” a new documentary about the treatment of America’s veterans.

The St. Louis Beacon reports:

The nation and its communities need to keep that past in mind, says former U.S. Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., to make sure that veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq are treated correctly, particularly after more than a decade of combat.

“We’ve never had so many people in almost continuous combat for so long,” Talent said in an interview Tuesday…

“Every generation is different,” said James Carafano, a co-producer and co-writer. “How you treat veterans is a decision you make as a generation.” …

The St. Louis screening is the latest of about 100 showings in recent months, Carafano said. He emphasized that the aim was to help veterans and promote community awareness of their needs. Carafano also is president of a nonprofit group, “Esprit de Corps,” set up “to educate the public about veterans affairs.

Forty-five concerned citizens, including several local news outlets, attended yesterday’s screening in St. Louis.

Watch the trailer for the documentary, which is offered free to pro-veterans groups who want to host screenings:

Audio: Heritage Teleconference on National Security

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Heritage Foundation national security experts James Carafano and James Talent joined Heritage Action for America CEO Michael Needham for a conference call Tuesday to discuss America’s national security.

Listen to the audio online or download it (MP3 format).

Heritage kicks off Protect America Month next week to highlight the need for a strong national defense.

Video: Gen. Peter Pace Addresses Cybersecurity in New York City

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Speaking yesterday at a Heritage Foundation event in New York, retired Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace explained the importance of addressing cybersecurity as part of America’s overall security posture.

Pace’s remarks begin about 10 minutes into the video below, after an introduction from Heritage’s Jim Talent and others.

Pace’s remarks were part of Heritage’s Protect America Month, which aims to draw attention to the need for sufficient national defense funding.

Heritage’s Marshall, Talent Named ‘New Power Players’

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Jennifer Marshall

Jennifer Marshall

National Journal, a magazine that covers Capitol Hill, has named Heritage Foundation scholars Jennifer Marshall and James Talent as “new power players” whose work could make a real difference for the incoming Congress.

As two of the “20 Washington hands whose stock went up as a result of the midterm elections,” the periodical reports, Marshall and Talent “are stars.”

Marshall, the magazine reports, has worked tirelessly on education issues, in particular the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, which was defunded by the liberal Congress. National Journal also cites her work “to help GOP lawmakers coalesce around a conservative vision that goes beyond the school doors to embrace marriage, abstinence, and home schooling.”

Marshall directs Heritage’s domestic policy studies in the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society.

The magazine also reports on Talent’s work as a Heritage distinguished fellow to advocate sufficient funding for national defense:

James Talent

James Talent

Since he was voted out of office in 2006, former Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., has used his perch at the Heritage Foundation to warn against the perils of reducing defense spending. His concerns were largely ignored by the Democratic-controlled Congress, but they did help rally Republican members of the Armed Services committees to push for bolstering the defense budget.

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