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How veterans can protect American democracy

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Democracies around the world are under attack and authoritarianism is on the march in nations like Turkey, Venezuela, Hungary, and Poland, resulting in an unprecedented loss of public faith in our institutions and troubling hyper partisanship here at home. Many Americans understand that democratic values must be protected and passed from one generation to the next, and few take this obligation more seriously than the men and women who have sworn an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and placed their bodies in harm’s way in the defense of the nation. This spirit of service to the country does not end when one leaves the military, and most veterans believe it is their duty to continue to protect American democracy as engaged citizens.  

On August 24, Brookings hosted a two-part panel discussion on the state of American democracy and the role veterans can play to protect American democracy.   

Viewers can submit questions via email to or on Twitter using #VeteransDemocracy. 



The current state of play in protecting American democracy


Adm. Jim Loy

21st Commandant - United States Coast Guard

The role of veteran service organizations in promoting and protecting democracy

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