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Testimonies on the Costs by Stacy Bannerman

Stacy Bannerman, M.S.,M.F.A., is the author of HOMEFRONT 911: How Families of Veterans Are Wounded by Our Wars (2015) and WHEN THE WAR CAME HOME: The Inside Story of Reservists and the Families They Leave Behind (2006). Stacy has testified before several Congressional committees, and singlehandedly spearheaded state and national legislative campaigns for military family leave, resulting in the passage of Oregon’s H.B. 2744, and the introduction of the federal Military Family Leave Act of 2009.  Ms. Bannerman authored OR H.B. 3391, and independently secured its unanimous passage, establishing the Military Family Task Force in Oregon, believed to be the first in the nation. At the request of the OR Department of Justice, she wrote the language identifying partners of combat veterans as an at-risk, underserved population under the STOP/VAWA 2014-2016 grant program implementation plan, the first time that demographic has been prioritized by a State DOJ.  Stacy received the Patriotic Employer Award and the Above & Beyond Award from the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve in 2009.


A compelling speaker with a powerful message, Stacy has conducted more than 500 multimedia interviews, including Hardball with Chris Matthews, BBC, Deborah Norville on MSNBC, the Lehrer News Hour, NBC Nightly News, The Connection on PBS/NOW, appeared in The Case for War: In Defense of FreedomArmy Times, and a feature story in the Washington Post. A previous member of the Spokane Human Rights Commission, she created and hosted Value Added, a talk radio program on KSBN AM 1230.  Stacy received her M.S., Magna Cum Laude, from Minnesota State University, an M.F.A in Nonfiction from Pacific University, and a B.A. in International Relations.  Stacy is profiled in the book, Compassionate Rebels (2002), and is a contributor to The Institute for Policy Study’s Foreign Policy In Focus.  She has written dozens of articles for The Progressive, The San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Woman, Tacoma News Tribune, Truthout, The Women's Media Center and many others.  


Born and raised in North Dakota, Ms. Bannerman has been deeply engaged in the non-profit and education arenas for more than 25 years as an advocate, editor, executive, instructor, and consultant. She has created flagship programs for women veterans, caregivers of disabled veterans, military families, incarcerated/adjudicated women, children, and at-risk populations while serving as the founder and director of The Sanctuary for Veterans and Families, the founding Executive Director of Sanctuary One, the Executive Director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Outreach Center, Veterans Program Manager at ColumbiaCare Services, and the Program & Marketing Director at Genesis II for Women, an alternative-to-sentencing agency.  She has also held adjunct faculty positions at several colleges and universities. Stacy resides in southern Oregon.

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