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

New funds, new focus on female veterans at VA hospitals

Female vets seeking treatment has become more common and the way the VA addresses women's health care is getting more sophisticated. Nationwide, the VA now outperforms the private sector in screening female patients for breast and cervical cancers, for example.

Updated: January 30, 2013, - 05:35 AM

Women in combat

Service members from the Minnesota National Guard talk about women serving in combat roles.

Updated: January 24, 2013, - 08:12 PM

Minnesota Guard will integrate women into combat units

The changes will take place immediately as part of a pilot of nine Guard brigades nationwide.

Updated: January 24, 2013, - 08:10 PM

Obituary: In many ways, John Carr Sr. touched many lives

It took many forms, but John Carr Sr. prepared people for the next step in their lives, either with a new suit for the job interview or support for a new effort at sobriety.

Updated: January 23, 2013, - 07:53 PM

Military affairs beat: Finding homes for homeless veterans

The Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health System will hold an open house Wednesday night to seek public comment on a $10 million plan to rehab several vacant century-old buildings at Fort Snelling into housing for homeless vets.

Updated: January 22, 2013, - 06:50 PM

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

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