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'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 02.01.2016 | 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.

Hollywood Loves Military Movies -- Shouldn't It Love Hiring Vets?

Richard Arthur | Posted 01.10.2015 | Entertainment
Richard Arthur

We owe it to our vets -- and the American people -- to take steps to usher more veterans into the film and television business -- on set, in production offices and in the writer's room.

INVEST in Our Veterans and Our Energy Future

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

Let's employ the ingenuity and expertise of our nation's veterans to build the world's sustainable energy future, right here in America.

Here's Why Veterans Don't Talk About It

David W. Peters | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
David W. Peters

In my conversations with veterans I often hear from their family members that, "He just never talks about it." Stories connect people, and veterans' families and friends want that connection, but veterans still don't talk about it. Why?

Former Soldier Turned Zen Monk Teaches Vets to Use Mindfulness as Body Armor

Daisy J Lin | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Daisy J Lin

You have to change. If you don't change, you're going to die. That is the chilling realization that prompted Gulf War Veteran Michael Nguyen to turn to mindfulness practice to save his life when PTSD was running it into the ground.

The American Public and Attitudes Toward Veterans

Paul Herrnson | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Paul Herrnson

Though the country has long been united in the belief that former soldiers deserve respect and honor, the question of what exactly the government owes its veterans -- and whether it is fulfilling those obligations -- has been more controversial.

Still on the Thank-You Tour-of-Duty Circuit, 13 Years Later

Rory Fanning | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Rory Fanning

"Concert For Valor? That sounds like something the North Korean government would organize," I said as I typed Concertforvalor.com into my MacBook Pro looking for more information.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

ISIS Likely Captured Iraqi Chemical Weapons, New York Times Confirms

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A New York Times report confirms that the U.S. government knew that an Iraqi facility now controlled by the Islamic State militant orga...

Three Men Who Inspired Me to Help Combat Veterans Transition to Civilian Life

Emma Nicholson | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Emma Nicholson

I have never served in our nation's military. My father served in the Navy during the Korean War but completed his service long before I was born. He never spoke about his experiences. I never asked. It was just not on my radar.

Veterans Find 'Family,' Healing In Festival And Electronic Music Culture

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.22.2014 | Impact

Two years and 34 surgeries after Kirstie Ennis was injured in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, the retired Marine Corps veteran is still fighting to...

The Media: Cherry Picking News Stories and Failing the Public

Pat LaMarche | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

When the press ignores the discussion at hand: issues as vital to the health and security of the working class as middle class wages, the utility workers, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans employment rates, and government employee pensions, one shouldn't be surprised that the public transit system is begging for school supplies.

David Wood

'Isn't Losing An Eye Enough?' Battered Veterans Struggle To Restart Their Lives After War

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics

Veterans Brian McPherson, Adele Loar and David Inbody (left to right) are part of a team training to climb Mount Whitney in September. (McPherson and ...

Joni Ernst: I Would Have Kept U.S. Troops In Iraq

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics

Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst said Friday that she would have supported a continued U.S. troop presence in Iraq, rather than completely ...

Quadruple Amputee Vet Doesn't Have A 'Sob Story,' But It's A Story That's Inspiring Thousands

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.14.2014 | Impact

Of all the soldiers who have been injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, retired Staff Sgt. Travis Mills is one of just five who have survived q...

aHow Congress Can Help Keep More Military Families Together

Rep. John K. Delaney | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics
Rep. John K. Delaney

As a country, for our veterans, our service members, and their families, we have an obligation to do something about this. A family's love is often the best medicine, and in difficult times, I believe that our military families deserve the option of staying together.

For Iraq Veteran Saif Khan, Supporting Veterans Means Action

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Ravi Chaudhary

We should never forget that the freedoms we sometimes take for granted in our nation were paid for in lives. I recently met a veteran who embodies this spirit and more.

Iraq: What They Died For

Peter Van Buren | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

A longer occupation, more troops, air strikes or anything else won't bring PFC Hutson back. He -- we -- will never know what he died for, but we can say with certainty what he did not die for. He did not die for freedom, he did not die for WMDs, he did not die for a politician's re-election.

WATCH: Montel Williams Demands Support For Veterans

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Black Voices

Montel Williams may no longer host his own talk show, but he’s not keeping quiet, especially amidst the political turmoil and scandal surrounding Am...

American Lives Have Not Been Wasted in Iraq

Andrew Nathan Bartholomew | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Andrew Nathan Bartholomew

We should not trivialize the sacrifices our fighting forces made on account of a lost war, but rather we should actively prevent those lives from being lost in vain by ensuring that the lesson we learned is retained and applied.

Veteran Who Lost a Friend in Combat on Overcoming PTSD: "My Shame Was Being Alive" (VIDEO)

George Decker | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
George Decker

"I decided, if I am going to be alive and if Soto cannot be alive, then I'm going to have to do it for both of us. I'm going to have to live a long time, and I'm really going to have to make the most of it, the way Soto would have -- big."

If the Neocons Want Us Back in Iraq, It's Their Turn to Do the Fighting

Rep. Ruben Gallego | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Rep. Ruben Gallego

In 2005, while Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz and Bill Kristol were sitting at desks in Washington, my unit was fighting their war in Iraq. They were playing armchair general. We were kicking in doors, getting shot at and driving on IED-planted roads in unarmored vehicles designed for amphibious assaults.