Claudia Grisales

Claudia Grisales covers Congress for Stars and Stripes.

She joined Stripes in August 2017, after serving for 16 years as a staff writer for the Austin American-Statesman, the daily newspaper in Austin, Texas. She’s a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She’s also an alum from the University of Texas and the University of Houston.

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Senate lawmakers hammer Pentagon officials on massive military budget

Democratic lawmakers hammered top military officials during a congressional hearing on Thursday, highlighting the uphill battle ahead for the Pentagon to push through its $718.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2020.

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Legislation looks to bring more POW/MIA flags to federal properties

Lawmakers are looking to ensure the POW/MIA flag is prominently displayed at the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and every national cemetery.

As housing complaints mount, military leaders say reforms are underway

A day earlier, military leaders also released a drafted, 12-point tenant bill of rights for individuals living in military housing. It could be finalized in the coming weeks.

Sexual assault in military still pervasive despite efforts, lawmakers say

During a dramatic Congressional hearing on Capitol Hill, senators and witnesses agreed that challenges posed by military culture, the Uniform of Military Justice and other concerns have bedeviled improvements to the rates of sexual assault within the ranks.

Sen. McSally says she was raped by a superior officer in the Air Force

"Like you, I am also a military sexual assault survivor," Sen. Martha McSally said during a congressional hearing. "But unlike so many brave survivors, I didn't report the sexual assault."

Water crisis: Illnesses mount for families living on military bases

Birth defects, stage IV cancer, thyroid disease — these are just a sample of the wide array of illnesses reported in recent years by families battling contaminated water at military bases.