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The Parades Are Over. Where Are Your Vets?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Jerry Ashton

If you were like many Americans on November 12 of this year, you did take time to honor those who have fought - and still fight for - our country. Perhaps you were there personally to watch the parades that day which took place in the largest and smallest cities.

The Morning After Veterans Day: Why the Fight Doesn't End With the War

Reba Riley | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
Reba Riley

But just as there is a morning after Veterans Day, when most of the country goes on with little thought to those who give their lives for our freedom, there is the morning after our soldiers come home, when most citizens go on with little thought for our soldiers' continued-- often unseen--struggle.

Beyond the Uniform and Simple Thanks

Joel Peterson | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Joel Peterson

Don't get me wrong, I'm very grateful for all the many friends and acquaintances who are truly generous and genuine with their thanks.But, many veterans have shared that they feel what I feel: awkward, weird, half embarrassed, a bit resentful, but also proud.

To Honor Veterans, Stop Executing Them

Mark Osler | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Mark Osler

One solid step towards accepting our national responsibility for veterans would be to stop executing them when they are convicted of crimes. A new report estimates that about 300 veterans are currently on death row in the United States.

Waking Up From War, Part 2

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Joseph Bobrow

War trauma brings in its wake a collapse of time. The present is engulfed; the past colonizes moment-to-moment experience; and the future is collapsed. Severe PTsxD and all variants of PTspD are characterized by an experience of haunting.

Saying "Thank You For Your Service" Is Not Enough

Pavan V. Parikh | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Pavan V. Parikh

Like your high school English teacher probably told you, it is important to show and not just tell a story. Servicemen and women are people of action. So, if you really want to show your appreciation for their service, don't just thank them, do something.

An Economy Worthy of our Veterans

Ryan Johnson | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Ryan Johnson

A pervasive myth regarding low-wage workers is that they are just school kids or uneducated and lack ambition. This false narrative is worse than untrue -- it stigmatizes many good American workers and families.

Deadlier than War: Veterans Remain At-Risk

Linda Rosenberg | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Linda Rosenberg

This Veterans Day, do something that can make a tangible difference in the lives of our veterans. Go to and get training in Mental Health First Aid so that the next time you ask a veteran, "Are you okay?" you'll know what to do if they say, "No, I'm not."

Turnabout Veterans Day

Tom Aiello | Posted 11.09.2015 | Impact
Tom Aiello

We live in a special country that cares so much about veterans and we appreciate that support. However, I would submit that Veterans Day could do so much more by military standards. As a whole, it could work harder to make a profound difference in our country.

Helping Veterans Face a Web of Legal Crises

New York Legal Assistance Group | Posted 11.16.2015 | New York
New York Legal Assistance Group

I wish these stories were unique, but they are not. Many veterans that I represent are living on the street, victims of domestic violence, overwhelmed with debt that accumulates while they wait for benefits to be processed, and involved in the criminal justice system

Through the Power of Their Creativity, Our Veterans Continue to Serve

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 11.09.2015 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

The artist within that Curtis discovered as a result of working through his own PTSD experiences made him passionate about helping fellow Veterans recover from the ravages of combat.

Politicians Mine for Votes While Veterans Continue To Get the Shaft

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
Dustin DeMoss

Only one year after a massive scandal in the Veteran's Administration, things are shoddier than ever. It's like the movie "Groundhog Day," but instead of just reliving things over and over, they get worse.

Running Across America for the Fallen

Stacy Bare | Posted 11.03.2015 | Impact
Stacy Bare

"Relating to Project America Run I think I have shown people the power of persistence and that if you believe in it you will do it."

Give Veterans Your Word for Veterans Day

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 10.28.2015 | Politics
Dustin DeMoss

Veterans Day is more about corporatism than actually giving kudos these days. But frankly, veterans don't want kudos. They want a VA system that impacts their quality of living.

This Veteran Refuses to Leave His Unemployed and Debt-Ridden Comrades Behind

NationSwell | Posted 10.27.2015 | Impact

As he relearned the city, Williamson noticed a strange similarity between veterans like himself and the young people growing up in tough parts of Chicago. Too many had witnessed violence, and they had little support to cope with the trauma.

Prevention vs. Cure: A New Military Mission and a New Model for Veteran Success

Joel Peterson | Posted 10.16.2015 | Impact
Joel Peterson

Post 9/11 veterans commit suicide more, are homeless more, and are jobless more than their civilian counterparts. Underscoring these bleak outcomes, top policy makers have noted that the "evidence appears to be that [serving in the military] is not an advantage."

Veterans With PTSD, Horses and Healing

Tim Hayes | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics
Tim Hayes

After the explosion, Cody drove fast and never stopped. He said he didn't know how many bodies he hit--men, women, kids, animals. When all the vehicles got to FOB Cheyenne, it was hideous. There were guts, body parts, and blood from the people he hit covering the front of his truck.

Parrots and Veterans Heal One Another at Serenity Park

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 10.13.2015 | Impact
Dustin DeMoss

Did you know that parrots and veterans have a lot in common? Sometimes the goodwill of others can create something truly incredible, and this certainly holds true in the case of the Serenity Park Parrot Sanctuary.

Why Are Veterans Not An Issue in the Debates?

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Dustin DeMoss

In the last two debates there has barely been any mention of veterans, and the talk of going to war only increases. The only mention of veterans is in a jingoistic rather than practical way. Veterans and their issues are being widely appropriated for the political gain of candidates, but no one seems to have an actual plan when it comes to VA reform

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.