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Iraq Veterans

How A Serious Injury Brought This Divorced Military Couple Back Together

HuffPost Live | Ishita Singh | Posted 11.13.2013 | Divorce

After a contentious divorce in 2003, Torrey Shannon's ex-husband was deployed to Iraq. He suffered a serious injury during battle in 2004, and spent t...

What I'm Thinking About, This Veterans Day

Elisa Villanueva Beard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Elisa Villanueva Beard

This country is worth fighting for. And every day, our teachers fight for our students' right to succeed and meet their potential. Each one of us must defend their right to an excellent education, and I'm honored to have so many dedicated veterans on board with that mission.

WOW: High School Students Building New Home For Wounded Iraq War Veteran

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 11.12.2013 | Good News

LANCASTER, Calif. -- LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — When Jerral Hancock came home from the Iraq war missing one arm, with another that barely worked and a...

How to Really Support the Troops: Stop the Politics of Dysfunction

Sergeant First Class Vincent Staub | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sergeant First Class Vincent Staub

So to the members of the U.S. Senate, I say: if you want to really support the troops this Veterans Day weekend, turn off the destructive partisanship and come together to do what is best for veterans and military families.

On Veterans Day, Please Don't Tell Me 'Thank You'

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

I still witness those thank yous being given to vets and service members who actually do deserve them. But they're still shouts across a canyon that isn't getting any smaller. The civilian-military divide is still as large as it ever was.

Writing and Why the Military Community Needs It

Mike Liguori | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mike Liguori

Everybody loves a good story. In fact, grandpa's war stories regardless of how many times you have heard it never get old.

They fought for us. Will you fight for them?

Nan Roman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Nan Roman

On a single night in January in 2012, hundreds of volunteers across the nation conducted the biennial homeless census. They scoured their communities...

Sasha Belenky

The Ship That Sailed Into The Hurricane & More Must-Reads | Sasha Belenky | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

1. Tragedy On The Bounty One of the stranger stories to have come out of Hurricane Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast a year ago this week, is...

It's Time to Move Beyond the Clichés

Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D.

These men and women deserve treatment now when they need it. It is available if the government and medical professions commit to smartly managing the risk and benefit of promising treatments.

For Him Who Shall Have Borne the Battle

Anthony Amore | Posted 12.15.2013 | Impact
Anthony Amore

In this age of reckless and ballooning entitlement spending, it is equal parts puzzling and dismaying that we as a nation have put so little emphasis on caring for the needs of the bravest and most patriotic among us.

We Are The Narrators of Our Own History: A Call for Student Veterans to Take Charge of Their Futures

Kiersten Downs | Posted 11.30.2013 | College
Kiersten Downs

Today's student veterans are at a critical point in American history. We have the opportunity to significantly influence the public discussion about the future of veterans in our country, but we also have to seize this opportunity to create change.

Molly O'Toole

When Your Job In War Is To Save Soldiers' Lives, You Never Really Come Home | Molly O'Toole | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact

This article is part of a special Huffington Post series, "Invisible Casualties," in which we spotlight suicide-prevention efforts within the military...

Lend Them Your Ears

Doug Bradley | Posted 11.11.2013 | Arts
Doug Bradley

On the long plane ride back to the USA from my tour of duty in Vietnam in late 1971, I had a hard time sleeping, afraid, I've determined in hindsight, that I'd wake up back in Vietnam! So, I passed the time listening to music and scribbling random thoughts on a piece of paper.

To Those That Have Borne the Battle

Jane Horton | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Jane Horton

Too many of you will have to spend the rest of your life trying to wade your way through a normalcy that will always be anything but normal to a soldier who has experienced war. My heart is for you. All of you.

Veterans: Obama Must Remember Lessons Of Iraq And Afghanistan

Posted 09.11.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

As a fiery debate continues about whether the U.S. should intervene in Syria, veterans of America's most recent military conflicts visited HuffPost Li...

The Security Paradox: How Security Does Not Lead to Safety for our Youth

Eli Williamson | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Eli Williamson

While both pro-gun and anti-violence supporters have spent millions of dollars to either arm or disarm people, the resources that have been dedicated to equip at-risk youth with opportunities, skills, and academic support are woefully ignored year after year.

WATCH: Iraq War Vet Recounts His Breaking Point

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.03.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Approximately 8,000 veterans are thought to die by suicide each year, an 11 percent increase from 2007. Problems readjusting to civilian life, along w...

Lest We Forget

Gregory C. Scott | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
Gregory C. Scott

We won't let any of our veterans be forgotten warriors. We must make sure that current and future generations understand the sacrifices these heroes made on foreign soil.

The Road Less Traveled

Doug Bradley | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Doug Bradley

More than five months on the road just might be the antidote these Iraq vets need. When Anderson learned of Voss's plan, he immediately asked to tag along, receiving immediate support from his spouse and his boss.

Suicide: The Biggest Issue for New Veterans

Jason Hansman | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Jason Hansman

According to alarming results from a new survey of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, 30 percent of members surveyed have considered taking their own life...

Combatting Greed With Charity: 7 Virtues + 7 Vices For Our Vets

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

When we think of our veterans, "greed" is probably the last word that comes to mind. But post-traumatic stress disorder has a way of making us go against our nature and cling to vices as ways of healing in our new post-war normal.

Reaching Out to Vets in a New/Old Way

Shad Meshad | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Shad Meshad

I never know who's going to be on the other end of the line or what the situation might be. That's the nature of a crisis hotline. Every time, you pick up a call, a life could hang on your response.

Veterans, We Need to Show Up!

Stacy Bare | Posted 09.21.2013 | Impact
Stacy Bare

Each time a veteran fails to show up or complete a follow-up survey post program, he or she is denying an opportunity to a battle buddy who could have used the program and drives up the cost per participant, an important consideration for donors interested in program efficacy.

New Directions for Veterans Unveiled

Gregory C. Scott | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Gregory C. Scott

The name New Directions for Veterans and the new tagline - Putting Veterans First Since 1992 - will be tied to building on New Directions' history and many years of service to homeless veterans.

Scream for the OPS Team

Peter Calabrese | Posted 09.11.2013 | Impact
Peter Calabrese

In the week since our week of blogs leading up to our nation's 237th birthday, we've been overwhelmed by the serious interest from veterans and the pe...