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The 22, With 22, For The 22

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics
Dustin DeMoss

Every day 22 servicemen and women who served in the American armed forces commit suicide, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. It's tragic that people who have volunteered to serve our country commit suicide sometimes as a result of PTSD or "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder."

Violence Is Our Good Teacher -- Can We Learn From It?

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics
Joseph Bobrow

Violence is big business. But we don't see how it operates or is sustained because we keep things in compartments without grasping how interconnected they really are. We slice and dice "causality" and correlation" without seeing that this is because that is.

Why Go? Why I Decided to Join the Army Post 9/11

Lisa M. Van Wormer | Posted 08.03.2015 | Women
Lisa M. Van Wormer

My generation got the call and I stood up to answer. As the twin towers burned and collapsed to the ground, the rules of my safe naïve life changed. And when the ash settled over more than three-thousand lost lives, I had to move. To do... something.

President Bernie Sanders Will Save America From Endless Counterinsurgency Wars and Protect Our Nation's Veterans

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

History shows Bernie Sanders was right. Hillary Clinton, Dick Cheney and others were wrong, and America and the Middle East are still experiencing the consequences of neoconservative foreign policy.

Fourth of July -- One Veteran's Thoughts

Justin Constantine | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
Justin Constantine

As a Marine who was wounded in Iraq, I had a lot of time during my recuperation to think about what our nation's values mean. I've always believed that America was not a perfect country but one that was on a path of improving itself and striving to live up to its cherished ideals.

Has the Page Already Been Turned?

Tireak C. Tulloch | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Tireak C. Tulloch

New York is home of 9/11, but it's also home to both a mayor and governor who seem more disconnected and insulated from the veteran community that have served it before and after that tragic day.

Horses Helped This Vet With PTSD After No One Else Could

Tim Hayes | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Tim Hayes

The natural ability of a horse to accept, without judgment, anyone, including a soldier who had seen or done horrific things and, by so doing, express compassion and benevolent acknowledgement was another extraordinary gift that horses were capable of giving to humans.

Karl Rove Won't Apologize To Veteran For The Iraq War

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Tani | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

Karl Rove is still doing what he does best: championing the Iraq War and slamming liberals. At an event at the University of Connecticut on Tuesday...

Veterans Express Their True Selves Beyond The Uniform In Stunning Photo Series

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact

Updated on May 19, 2015; 11:55 a.m. EDT. A new photo series is casting clichés aside by portraying veterans as nothing but their truest selves. ...

Trooper Shines Much-Needed Spotlight on Iraq Vets and Uranium Poisoning

Joshua Kors | Posted 04.20.2015 | Entertainment
Joshua Kors

Movies, said film critic Roger Ebert, are like an "empathy machine." Their mission: to help us understand a bit more about others' hopes, their fears, their dreams. Movies allow us to walk in others' shoes. They help us "identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us."

American Sniper and the Politics of Ignorance

Tom Young | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Tom Young

Between the time the wars start and the movies begin coming out, for God's sake pay attention. Follow the news enough to know that Arab allies are helping us and snipers aren't cowards doing an easy job. How can you support the troops if you don't understand what they do?

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.

Coburn Shows Height of Washington's Hypocrisy Toward Veterans

Rep. Ruben Gallego | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Rep. Ruben Gallego

Last week we saw a perfect example of how screwed up priorities have gotten in Congress. When the financial sector demanded a provision weakening regulations on risky derivative trading, Congress obliged. When veterans asked for $22 million over five years for a suicide prevention program, Sen. Coburn blocked the entire bill.

Tragedy or Pittance?

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Freeman

There is currently legislation in the Senate, known as the Clay Hunt SAV Act named for a Veteran lost to suicide. The cost is minimal, a drop in the bucket compared to the $1.1 trillion spending bill recently passed. But it's currently being held up by one man.

Let's Make Bitcoin the Biggest Humanitarian Tool the World Has Ever Seen

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact
Lorelei Kelly

As the information revolution continues to redistribute power from centralized hierarchies to individuals and communities, the impact of this redistribution is often unpredictable.

Our Post-9/11 Vets: Primed for Greatness

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Colonel David W. Sutherland

Personal experience tells me today's 2.7 million Afghanistan and Iraq veterans are poised to become tomorrow's next big thing.

Mike Erwin, Founder, Team RWB, Active Military and Veterans' Advocate

Ian Spanier | Posted 01.13.2015 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

A career military man, Erwin is a true patriot, having served in Iraq and Afghanistan for a total of 28 months. Spending so much time in combat zone...

Military Community Shares Innovative Ideas That Are Changing Our World

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact

Got Your 6 wants all Americans to see the military community like it does. The nonprofit, which works to empower military members to become leaders...

Beyond Iraq And Afghanistan: Fighting The Stereotype War

Adam Hanft | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Adam Hanft

Indeed, the media knows that the story of vets-gone-bad is irresistible to the public - and irresistibility in media terms means profit. But every story about one vet makes it harder for a thousand others to get hired.

Robbie Couch

Boy Who Lost Dad And Uncle In Iraq Finds Comfort, Proves Why Military Family Services Matter

HuffingtonPost.com | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact

Rosanna Powers’ fiancé and brother died within 30 hours of each other in Iraq in 2004. Now, just over a decade after their deaths, she sees both of...

'Sh*t Civilians Say To Veterans' Is Exactly What America Needs To Hear

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact

"How are you a veteran? You're not even old." "You're way too pretty to be in the military." "Have you ever killed anybody?" Sound familiar,...

These Are The Questions Veterans Are Tired Of Hearing

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact

Common misperceptions about men and women in uniform can have harmful effects -- just ask a vet. Judging from a 2012 survey by veterans advocacy gr...

The Story Of A Surgeon Who Enlisted At Age 61 Following His Son's Death In Iraq

Howard Schultz | Posted 01.11.2015 | Books
Howard Schultz

According to Bill Krissoff, shuttering his lucrative medical practice, joining the Navy, and deploying to the western Iraqi desert was about "turning that loss into something positive."

Some Veterans Need Help -- That's Our Job

David Wood | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
David Wood

It's been five years since Jacob Sexton, a soldier with the Indiana National Guard, came home with nightmares after two combat deployments, and on a Monday evening in a movie theater with family and friends, killed himself with a pistol shot. He was 21-years-old. The story is horrifying, and sadly familiar. On this day, we pause to honor the 21.9 million living Americans who have served in uniform. We might also remember the estimated 8,000 veterans and 475 active duty, reserve and National Guard men and women who took their own lives last year in the ongoing tragedy of military and veteran suicide. Jacob's death, like the others, could have been prevented.

What Veterans Have Taught Me About Teaching

Briallen Hopper | Posted 01.10.2015 | Education
Briallen Hopper

Just as much as students need concrete academic help, they need us to notice their drive and their struggle. We can do this by making sure that we acknowledge the work they're putting into the class, whether it's showing up in their grades or not.