Starting today, The Huffington Post begins a ten-part series, Beyond the Battlefield -- an exploration of the physical and emotional challenges, victories and setbacks that catastrophically wounded soldiers encounter after returning home.
The longest war in the history of America turned ten years old today. While we take this time to thank our troops for their service, we should remember the sacrifices for this war are paid only by a small number of American families.
As I read the notices in the newspapers about the latest casualties in the "War on Terror," I cannot help but wonder about the children who someday will stand before a cross or memorial, as I did, and wonder.
On Monday we'll hear a lot of Memorial Day speeches about honoring our fallen soldiers and their disabled comrades. On Tuesday some of the politicians giving those speeches will try to cut benefits for them and their families.
This weekend, as we remember the sacrifices by exceptional men and women on behalf of our country so often brought about in part through the cruelty of chance, let's also remember how blessed we are to live in a country that draws such fine people to service.
Imagine attending nine schools before graduating from high school. Dealing with the emotional strain of having to end and restart friendships every year. For military families currently enrolled in public schools, this world is not imaginary.
Helping military spouses find employment is critical for the stability of military families. This is why we have launched virtual career fairs to allow military spouses to learn about employment opportunities, wherever they are.
After WWI British Prime Minister David Lloyd George promised returning doughboys a
"home fit for heroes." Likewise, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans should demand a political system that is worthy of their sacrifice.
People say I've made a "successful transition" out of the military given the range of problems new veterans are facing as they leave service in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a veteran, however, I don't like this label.
For most people, the road to recovery starts when they enter a rehabilitation hospital. For me, my recovery process started when I left my final rehabilitation hospital and joined a team called World T.E.A.M. Sports.