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

Benefits for veterans all over the map

Disability payments to state's veterans vary widely by where they live, where they file.

Updated: January 12, 2013, - 10:28 PM

Military affairs beat: Texas bill carves time for military families

A Texas legislator has proposed a bill to give children of some military service members more time with their parents.

Updated: January 08, 2013, - 07:28 PM

Military affairs beat: VA cuts pension eligibility red tape

The Department of Veterans Affairs is cutting red tape for veterans by eliminating the need to complete an annual report that verifies their eligibility for pension benefits. Surprisingly, it is called the Eligibility Verification Report or EVR.

Updated: December 25, 2012, - 05:49 PM

Military affairs beat: Could Gitmo's 166 terror suspects end up in Minn.?

A government report finds no fewer than 104 places in the U.S. that could safely lock up the 166 suspected terrorists now housed at Guantanamo Bay if it were closed. Three of those places are in Minnesota.

Updated: December 11, 2012, - 09:54 PM

Cadet sets off debate about religion at West Point, leaves for Minnesota

He resigns months shy of graduation, faults leadership for "religious bigotry."

Updated: December 06, 2012, - 11:21 PM

Military affairs beat: Slimmer Army still relies on recruits

Brig. Gen. Henry L. Huntley is the deputy commanding general of the Army's Recruiting Command, based at Fort Knox, Ky. Even as the military focuses on budget cuts and drawing down forces, Huntley will tell you the Army is still looking for a few good, umm, people.

Updated: November 27, 2012, - 06:59 PM

Military affairs beat: Retired general says Petraeus had to quit

Retired Marine four-star Gen. Anthony Zinni, once the commander in chief of the United States Central Command (CENTCOM), said there is no doubt Gen. David Petraeus, now head of the CIA, had to resign in the wake of revelations of an inappropriate relationship with his biographer.

Updated: November 13, 2012, - 07:49 PM

Military cuts put burden on Guard's citizen soldiers

As the active duty reduces its numbers, the country's reserve force -- including the Minnesota National Guard -- will be asked to do more, and do it with less.

Updated: November 10, 2012, - 06:43 AM

On the military beat: Study seeks out families touched by suicide

Researchers at the University of Kentucky are investigating bereavement issues of families with relatives or other loved ones who've killed themselves related to their military service.

Updated: November 01, 2012, - 03:03 PM

Memories will linger, even as lettering on Fort Snelling headstones fades

Change in federal cemetery policy means lettering on newer gravestones will use different paint.

Updated: October 30, 2012, - 11:12 PM

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