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His Tomorrows for Their Today

Jane Horton | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Jane Horton

Yesterday as I walked through the freshly cut green grass and weaved my way through the rows of graves at Arlington National Cemetery to pay respects to my valiant warrior, I couldn't quite figure out why I was more emotional than normal.

How the Mom of a Fallen War Hero Will be Spending Memorial Day

Becky Whetstone, Ph.D., "Doctor Becky" | Posted 05.22.2015 | Divorce
Becky Whetstone, Ph.D.,

People who don't know me well often ask what sort of celebrating I'll be doing over the Memorial Day holiday. I used to be like most of America, planning a barbecue or a weekend laughing at the lake with little or no thought about what the holiday really meant -¬ it was totally valued time off.

Our Family's Story Is What Memorial Day Is All About

Mindy Lotz | Posted 05.22.2015 | Women
Mindy Lotz

Just two months after my birth and right around Christmas, my 19-year-old brother Tim was killed in Vietnam. Instantly, life was irrevocably changed forever. The house that once was a hub of friends, parties and general merriment became a place of broken dreams and deafening silence.

Was It Worth It, America?

Jane Horton | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Jane Horton

Earlier this week I sat and listened to Afghan President Ashraf Gahni as he spoke at the Pentagon to acknowledge the sacrifices that the U.S. has made to support his country. As the wife of a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan, I understand that sacrifice all too well.

Last Night I Dreamt Of You, But When I Woke Up You Were Still Gone

Jane Horton | Posted 04.25.2015 | Weddings
Jane Horton

I struggled that morning, and it took every ounce of strength within me not to go back to sleep and try to find you there in my dreams. I had forgotten exactly what it was like to be with you.

The Impact of Active Duty Deaths on Survivors

Jane Horton | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact
Jane Horton

It is important to know that even though it is easy to paint all grieving families of deceased military members with the same brush, we are very different and have very different experiences.

Those Who Bear the Cost

Jane Horton | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Jane Horton

Our nation cannot continually Band-Aid our wounds by declaring us a national treasure and priority, yet pass us by while our legitimate needs are overlooked. We are the ones who have paid the highest price. We need America to help us heal.

Home of the Brave

Brigid Brett | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Brigid Brett

It used to be that the words Memorial Day brought with them a lightness that came with the beginning of summer and the promise of long salty days at the beach. It used to be that the words Gold Star Families meant nothing to me.

Honoring the Fallen on Memorial Day

Edward Headington | Posted 07.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Edward Headington

We often associate this national holiday with the start of summer and a three-day weekend filled with beaches and barbeques. But let us not forget the true meaning of this day or the price of freedom.

Book Review: A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith

Rob Taub | Posted 03.14.2014 | Books
Rob Taub

It's 1931 and Cora Blake is about to leave the United States for the first time in her life on a trip to Paris with four women she's never met. These...

A Sacrifice Betrayed

Jane Horton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jane Horton

Often, we forget about our most sacred and vulnerable population -- those that have given the biggest part of them to the cause of freedom. Maybe it's time that our nation takes a cold hard look itself. Who are we? Who have we become?2013-10-11-ScreenShot20131011at3.55.43PM.png

The Good Marine Corps Wife vs. The United States of America

Cilla McCain | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Cilla McCain

As a Marine Corps wife, Kimberly Stahlman packed up and moved more times than most people could stomach. With each move, she immersed herself into her husband's lifestyle and kept the home fires burning all over the world.

Report: Romney Left Insensitive Messages For Gold Star Mother After Her Son's Death

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

During an appearance on "The View" last week, Ann Romney stated that her husband Mitt Romney attended the funerals of every fallen soldier from Massac...

The 2,000th Death in a War That 'Should Be Over'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 12.01.2012 | World
Dorian de Wind

On June 14, in its now all-too-familiar, all-too-businesslike format, the Department of Defense announced the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

WATCH: Michelle Obama, Volunteers Decorate White House To Honor Troops

Posted 12.22.2011 | Impact

Decorating the White House for the holidays is more than just aesthetics -- it's also proving to be a way to thank our troops. About 130 volunteers...

Imagine a Party at the White House

Esther Wojcicki | Posted 02.02.2012 | Politics
Esther Wojcicki

It was a night to remember. Imagine going to the White House for a holiday party. Yes, the White House.

Gold Star Mom Spurs Nationwide Drive to Help Veterans

Jeff Norman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeff Norman

After her son was killed in Iraq, Nadia established the Patrick McCaffrey Foundation in his honor. The mission is to help returning warriors heal by providing them with safe temporary housing.

Veterans' Families Cast a Vote for Change

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia G. Yerman

I previously wrote an article about those who have served in our military, and the challenges facing them and their families. At that time, I intervi...

Families Of Fallen Soldiers Sound Off On McCain-Palin

Marlene H. Phillips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marlene H. Phillips

"My son Nick wanted to be a Marine from the time he was in middle school and he died in the battle of Fallujah.... This war, this economy... This is leadership? Obama is looking for something better for all of us."