Mark Brunswick

Reporter | Military Affairs
Phone: 612-673-4434
Mark Brunswick covers military affairs for the Star Tribune. He has had assignments in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo and has focused on domestic issues related to PTSD, returning veterans, military recruitment and the new role of women in the military. Previously, he covered state government and politics from the Star Tribune's state capitol bureau in St. Paul.

Recent content from Mark Brunswick

Military affairs beat: VA adds mental health staffers

The Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center has been authorized to hire up to 24 additional staff to beef up its mental health operations, part of a nationwide effort by the VA to address concerns that veterans are not getting the mental health attention they deserve. Nationally the VA is trying to quickly hire 1,600 mental health professionals.

Updated: June 19, 2012, - 06:06 PM

MN defense companies retool

With budget cuts and troop drawdowns, Minnesota's contractors will have to be more nimble to survive.

Updated: June 10, 2012, - 08:01 PM

Obituary: George Letness let his art do the talking

George Letness worked with and befriended a young Charles Schulz and for 50 years was one of the best-known commercial illustrators in the Twin Cities, helping to create such iconic images as Count Chocula and Franken Berry.

Updated: June 07, 2012, - 09:47 PM

Military affairs beat: VIPs get a lift from St. Paul-based unit

Since January, 16 officers and 19 enlisted soldiers of the St. Paul-based 147th Assault Helicopter Battalion have been operating in a far-off portion of Camp Buehring, Kuwait, 40 miles from the Iraq border.

Updated: June 06, 2012, - 12:06 AM

Minnesota Air Guard: From war to home in four grueling days

After nine time zones and 7,000 miles, Minnesota Air Guard ends Afghanistan mission.

Updated: May 27, 2012, - 06:58 AM

Military beat: Police share info on vets in crisis

A one-day course is scheduled next month to teach law enforcement personnel de-escalation tactics for military veterans in crisis.

Updated: May 22, 2012, - 05:45 PM

Military affairs beat: VA faulted for record on mental health care

An inspector general's report released last week faults the Department of Veterans Affairs for caring more about meaningless performance goals than helping veterans in need of mental health care.

Updated: May 01, 2012, - 07:19 PM

Hours after phoning home, Stewartville, Minn., soldier killed

Sgt. Nicholas Dickhut, 23, died during a firefight in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province hours after talking to his 9-year-old brother.

Updated: April 30, 2012, - 11:24 PM

Soldier's foreclosure was illegal, federal lawsuit alleges

Minnesota National Guard member lost his home while serving in Iraq.

Updated: April 21, 2012, - 12:12 AM

VA responds to Iraq, Afghan vets by adding mental health workers

The Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday announced plans to increase mental health staffing by 1,900 positions, responding to rising needs of returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and complaints of long waits and missed diagnoses.

Updated: April 19, 2012, - 09:26 PM

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