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Iraq Veterans

Preston Maddock

Tom Morello To Play Tribute Concert For Friend, Dying Iraq War Veteran, Tomas Young

HuffingtonPost.com | Preston Maddock | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics

Tom Morello has played to millions of people in countless venues around the world, and yet a May 19 booking at a movie theater in Kansas City, Mo., co...

When the War Comes Home

Kayla Williams | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Kayla Williams

My own symptoms of post traumatic stress had faded within six months or so of coming home, and I was relieved. Then came my delayed reaction to a 10-year passage of time from the day I drove over the berm into Iraq as a soldier, sparked by that photo, and it all washed away.

VetJobs Veteran Employment Situation Report

Ted Daywalt | Posted 07.06.2013 | Impact
Ted Daywalt

At VetJobs we continue to see the overall employment situation as marginally improving and the economy continues to remain basically stagnant, particularly as regards employment.

Helping Veterans Start Businesses

Kiva Zip | Posted 06.26.2013 | Business
Kiva Zip

While the national unemployment rate (population 18 and over) hovers at 7.5 percent, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans (Gulf War Era II or Post-9/11 veterans) face a higher rate of unemployment at 10.8 percent.

What Telling Our Truths Demands

Leila Levinson | Posted 06.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

I am doing this so that the public can witness the trauma that follows war. Witness. Because this trauma is as much yours as it is ours. Witness and own it. Witnessing breaks the isolation trauma creates. Witnessing furthers the healing of individuals and of our society.

SongwritingWith:Soldiers -- Behind the Music

Darden Smith | Posted 06.22.2013 | Arts
Darden Smith

About four years ago I wrote a song with my friend Radney Foster called "Angel Flight." The song changed my life.

Time to Listen to Veterans Tell Their Truths

Leila Levinson | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
Leila Levinson

We are 12 adults preparing for a play. We are veterans and family members of veterans. The audience will be civilians. Just as children learn through play, so is our play teaching us, transforming us.

Shell Shock Lite

Jeremiah Goulka | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Jeremiah Goulka

"Duration of the disturbance," says the manual, "is more than 1 month." I look at my colleague's wall calendar. It's 29 days since I left Iraq and the nightmares have stopped, so I don't have PTSD. Or at least I'm not diagnosable. I feel a wash of relief.

Writing Their Way Back Home

Doug Bradley | Posted 06.09.2013 | Impact
Doug Bradley

They wrote haikus about sand and showers and rape. They crafted dialogue replete with four-letter words, gallows humor and lingering questions. "They" are the 30 courageous war veterans who attended a workshop in Iowa City April 5-7 entitled Writing My Way Back Home.

See Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor, a Documentary About Wounded Veterans Doing Stand-Up Comedy

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 06.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

It seems to me that there's a lesson here for those who are trying to help veterans who have returned home with mental disorders. Formal treatment can be very helpful and more veterans need to get access to it, but laughter can also be a great healer.

Dying Veteran Explains Decision To End His Life

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

Just over nine years ago, a sniper's bullet turned Tomas Young's life upside down . It was 2004, and Young, who had enlisted in the Army after Sept...

A Pledge to Iraq War Veteran Tomas Young

John Bruhns | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
John Bruhns

It is a sad time in our history when an American combat veteran must resort to such an extreme measure to alleviate the pain and suffering from injuries he received fighting in the name of our country.

Hiring Veterans Is Good Business, So Why Don't We Do It More Often?

Derek Bennett | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business
Derek Bennett

Ten years after the start of the Iraq War, we're all familiar with the case for hiring veterans: they're mature, responsible and are used to chaotic, ambiguous environments. So why is the gap between veteran and nonveteran unemployment rates 9.4 percent and 7.9 percent respectively?

Chelsea Kiene

Veterans Present Petition To White House Calling Obama To Fix Benefits Backlog

HuffingtonPost.com | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans met with senior White House officials Wednesday to express what they are calling an urgent need...

Combat Medicine's 'Golden Hour' in Iraq, One Decade Later

J.D. Kleinke | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
J.D. Kleinke

It is worth noting that the tremendous human costs of the war in Iraq would have been much greater, were it not for breakthroughs in combat medicine deployed for the first time on a broad scale in Iraq.

Solving veteran homelessness in the U.S.

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 05.20.2013 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

In the last few years, the Department of Veterans Affairs has revolutionized its service delivery, partnering with homeless services organizations lik...

Katy Hall

What Our Kids Will Be Paying For Decades

HuffingtonPost.com | Katy Hall | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics

The Iraq war has cost the United States $1.7 trillion — in addition to catastrophic human, social and political losses — and that number could cli...

Iraq Veterans' Thoughts on Today's Anniversary

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

War is not a game, and the statistics are not just numbers. These are real people, with real lives, and real families. The best thing we can do, today, is to remember their stories.

Twisted Rhetoric on the Anniversary of the Iraq War

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Rick Ayers

There are honorable deaths, there may be necessary wars. But this was neither honorable nor necessary. Does telling the truth blame the soldiers? It shouldn't, but it certainly should make the powerful less comfortable.

Molly O'Toole

Tammy Duckworth Reflects On War That Changed Her Life

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics

When images of joyous Iraqi voters with purple thumbs were broadcast around the world in January 2005, Tammy Duckworth watched with heartfelt tears fr...

Happy 10th Anniversary

Stacy Bare | Posted 05.12.2013 | Impact
Stacy Bare

War is a force that has given me meaning. When I came home, it was war that ultimately forced me back into the mountains and into wilderness. I learned of the joy of an alpine start and a mountain top sunrise.

Time to Act to Prevent a Cycle of Homelessness and Despair for Returning Veterans

Shad Meshad | Posted 04.30.2013 | Impact
Shad Meshad

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama announced that by this time next year, 34,000 troops will have been called back from Afghanistan. While that is good news, especially to military families, there are other things to consider.

Who'll Stop the Rain?

Doug Bradley | Posted 04.24.2013 | Books
Doug Bradley

It was a "dark and stormy might," so who'd come out to hear us talk about war and pain and survival and guilt?

Why You Should Show Our Female Vets Some Love

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 04.17.2013 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

In February, we're told that our minds should revolve around foil-wrapped chocolates, bouquets of flowers and celebrating how much our loved ones mean to us. But we should also remember the military women struggling to return to their civilian lives as mothers, wives and friends.

Kerry and Hagel, Vietnam and Iraq

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Kerry and Hagel (like Colin Powell) missed their historical moment. Had they opposed Bush's war they might have made a difference. Now perhaps they can use their cabinet posts to implement a policy or two of atonement.