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The Resilience of Military Families

Doug Irving | Posted 06.28.2016 | Impact
Doug Irving

Debra Mendelsohn knows the midnight fear of having a loved one in danger, the juggle of raising two kids alone, the heartbreaking frustration of a bad...

Roll Call - Honoring Those Who Don't Return from War

Lisa M. Van Wormer | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Lisa M. Van Wormer

In honor of Memorial Day, here is an essay I wrote about the roll call formation that happens when a soldier doesn't return home from war. Roll Call...

Mother, Hope and the Meaning of Christmas

Joel Peterson | Posted 12.13.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Joel Peterson

I came to understand as never before what Christmas is. Christmas is not in the glitter and props and material objects offered and received. It is not in rituals, half pagan, whose meanings had long been forgotten.

WATCH: Deployed Soldiers Get Peace Of Mind For Their Pets

HooplaHa | Posted 12.08.2016 | Good News

When a soldier is deployed on duty, what happens to their pets? What if they don't have a family to care for them while they are gone? That's where Do...

The Pentagon's Forgotten Weapon Against Extremist Ideology: American Exemplarism

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 11.03.2016 | Politics
Ravi Chaudhary

This spring, Sikh soldiers serving in the U.S. military marched in New York City at the annual Sikh Parade. The regiment offered an important introspective for Pentagon leadership, and an opportunity to sharpen its strategy against extremism with the power of American ideals.

The Rucksack: What One Woman Carried Home From War

Lisa M. Van Wormer | Posted 08.13.2016 | Impact
Lisa M. Van Wormer

One of the many challenges of being a woman in the Army was that your hair always had to be in regulations: either cut into a bob that did not touch your collar or pulled back into a tight bun. Even in a sand storm, even under a Velcro-strapped Kevlar helmet, perfection was required.

Coming Home 9 Months Later

Kaitlyn Jones | Posted 05.20.2016 | Parents
Kaitlyn Jones

It wasn't until he walked through our door that I realized it would be a long time before we would feel like a family again. That we could manage living together.

Military Suicides Aren't Linked To Deployment, Study Finds

Reuters | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Military suicides may be more likely after members leave the service than during active duty dep...

After American Sniper: Reimaging Returning Home

Zachary Moon | Posted 05.24.2015 | Religion
Zachary Moon

When we see people as heroes, we don't leave enough space for them to struggle as all people do at times in their lives. When we see people as head-cases, we don't leave enough space for them to demonstrate their strengths, courage, and creativity.

A Logical Guide to a Romantic Relationship

Jasmine Jaksic | Posted 04.14.2015 | Comedy
Jasmine Jaksic

Anyone who has ever met me would attest to the fact that I am a very logical person. This clearly does not lend itself to highly romantic ideas like "love at first sight". If you are like me, then you can use Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) principles to guide you!

Why I Want Everyone In America To See 'American Sniper'

Sophie Roth-Douquet | Posted 03.30.2015 | Teen
Sophie Roth-Douquet

I'm not sure if I was simply too young to grasp what my dad must've been going through when he went to war. Perhaps it was simply impossible for me to imagine my father being anything other than the man who I ate dinner with every night.

My Son, a U.S. Marine

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Gary S. Chafetz

Even though my radical liberalism has softened over the years, I've never come close to voting Republican. So I was stunned when my then 17-year-old son announced that he wanted to join the Marines.

A New Year's Resolution for Our Military Community

Jane Whitfield | Posted 03.04.2015 | Impact
Jane Whitfield

Here's a New Year's resolution for the Pentagon: Fix the Military Lending Act. And this is just a first step for all of us towards helping the military community build long-term financial security.

Ghosts of Deployments Past

Terri Barnes | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Terri Barnes

No matter how many deployments come and go, the absence of the most important person in our lives leaves us vulnerable in ways hard to express. These ghosts of my Christmases past remind me. If your spouse is deployed this Christmas, I don't know what you face, but I remember you.

Large Canine And Tiny Pooch Team Up To Help Their Veteran Owner Overcome Depression

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 11.30.2014 | Good News

When this big rescue dog joined a new home, she probably didn't expect to find a furever friend in a pooch half her size. Douglas Pittsley, 27, of...

Military Sergeant Breaks Down After Wife Surprises Him On Other Side Of The Country

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 11.20.2014 | Good News

This military couple's surprise reunion will leave you crying happy tears along with them. A video uploaded to YouTube documents Gunnery Sgt. Chri...

On Loving Someone Who Deploys

Literally, Darling | Posted 01.11.2015 | Women
Literally, Darling

My boyfriend misses holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. He spends Thanksgiving, most years, on the other side of the world.

What My Children Taught Me About Politics

Sarah Smiley | Posted 01.04.2015 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

The dinners were never about politics. Even if our guest wandered that way, the kids quickly brought him back to reality, usually with a question like, "Do you have any pets?" In one horrifying instance, Lindell mooned a governor. To be fair, he asked first, "Do you want to see something?"

Stop Freaking Out About Ebola and Support the Troops (A Note From a Military Girlfriend)

Briana Murphy | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Briana Murphy

We, as citizens of this incredible nation, must rise to the task of supporting those who will be at the front lines of eradicating Ebola. Our Soldiers are representing America in a noble mission that is difficult and necessary in order to protect our country and the greater global society.

This Is What It's Really Like To Be A Woman In The U.S. Military

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.19.2014 | Women

In her new book Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War, author Helen Thorpe follows the lives of female soldiers, showing just h...

I'm Not Crazy: Just a Survivor

Justin Constantine | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Justin Constantine

If we want to help veterans transition successfully -- to become as productive in civilian life as they were overseas -- then we need to change how we talk about mental injuries sustained in combat.

5 Things I Learned During My Year As A Single Mother

Sarah Smiley | Posted 04.27.2014 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

On paper, I had a partner in parenting. In practice, however, I was parenting alone, and it wasn't easy. Indeed, that year gave me greater appreciation for what real single parents must go through every day.

Yellow Ribbons and Quiet Fears

Michele Redmon | Posted 12.30.2013 | Impact
Michele Redmon

A common question I get as a military wife is how I "do it," in regards to handling my husband's deployment to a combat zone. Although there isn't really a good answer to this question, I think I can offer some perspective to those who don't have experience as a military spouse. The first thing I want you to do is imagine your stove.

How We Kept It Together When My Husband Left For A Year

Sarah Smiley | Posted 08.26.2013 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

It was a dangerous idea, inviting people to my house weekly for dinner while raising three young boys. But when my husband left for a year-long deployment in November 2011, I was one dinner shy of total desperation.

Military Spouse? Keep Calm and Carry On

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Create a plan with your loved one for communicating on a regular basis and stick with it as best as possible. Consistency in communication will help you maintain sanity and keep anxiety levels at bay.