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The Message About Suicide and the Military

David Litts | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
David Litts

According to Pentagon figures, 349 military service members took their lives in 2012. Every one of these deaths exacts an incalculable toll -- from the victim's families, from their military units, and from our society.

Let's Hire Our Heroes

Dakota Meyer | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
Dakota Meyer

It's not easy coming home from war. I wondered why any employer would have a need for a Marine sniper. But then I thought about the other skills I bring to the table -- teamwork, managing personnel in challenging circumstances, advanced technical skills. These are traits no one teaches better than our military.

WATCH: Why This Wounded Army Veteran Feels 'Blessed'

OWN | Posted 02.04.2013 | OWN

After growing up hearing stories of military service from his grandfather and uncles, Brian Mancini joined the Army two weeks after he got out of high...

Department of Veterans Affairs Gets Real Stuff Done

Craig Newmark | Posted 03.17.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The VA is getting a lot of good work done, using IT to much better serve veterans by helping address the disability claims backlog, maybe their biggest challenge. Sure, the tech is a work in progress, but the greater issue involves skepticism and low expectations.

A New New Year's Resolution: Make 2013 the Year of the Veterans

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 03.12.2013 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

Stopping veteran suicide, unemployment and sexual abuse all starts with PTSD. By striving to provide holistic, stigma-free care for our warriors, we can take a large step toward helping them heal their invisible wounds.

Prescription to Die: How Medications May Be Killing Veterans Faster Than Suicide

B. Christopher Frueh | Posted 02.13.2013 | Impact
B. Christopher Frueh

PTSD, domestic violence and alcohol abuse are problems that have been widely chronicled among returning veterans of our recent wars. Often left out of the discussion, however, is the terrible toll that prescription medications -- namely, opioid painkillers -- take on veterans' lives.

Everyone Deserves a New Beginning

K. Lorrel Manning | Posted 02.09.2013 | Entertainment
K. Lorrel Manning

The research for the film began to have an effect on me. Pretty soon, I found myself having trouble falling asleep. As I replayed certain events that had been revealed to me over and over in my head, I began to see images from my own childhood.

Are Our Vets Getting a Bum Rap?

Marjorie Morrison | Posted 02.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Marjorie Morrison

We civilians need to do a better job understanding and supporting our service members who have given all to protect our country. We can shift our thinking from problematic to positive when we think about hiring, counseling or dealing with our service members.

Treating Those in Pain Without Narcotics

Anthony Papa | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
Anthony Papa

More often, pain treatment with the use of drugs can lead to unintended consequences as seen by the number of veterans who become addicted.

WATCH: Triple Amputee Afghanistan Vet Takes Part In Falcons Practice

The Huffington Post | Kavitha A. Davidson | Posted 01.30.2013 | Sports

The word "hero" is thrown around a lot in sports, but this past weekend, the Atlanta Falcons paid tribute to some real heroes when they hosted a pair ...

Yoga: How We Help Veterans of Combat Reintegrate Into Their Lives

Rob Schware | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Sarah Plummer, who started practicing yoga in 2001 in order to cope with overuse injuries from soccer and military training. After years of dabbling in the practice, in 2006, during her second deployment to Iraq, she became "hooked."

Disaster Response: The Next Mission for Veterans

Lisa Nagorny | Posted 01.15.2013 | Impact
Lisa Nagorny

As Hurricane Sandy approached the East Coast, most people flocked to grocery stores to stock up on the essentials. Many veterans, though, were preparing to respond to help those in need. This isn't a new story.

IAVA Vets Have Brian Williams... and He's Enough

Liz Smith | Posted 01.15.2013 | New York
Liz Smith

IAVA's No. 1 military honoree was, of course, a "no-show." But he wasn't even missed in an evening under Brian Williams' emcee stewardship. It was an evening that whizzed by and went from patriotic good feelings to heroic heights.

Hidden In Plain Sight: Moral Injury As A Wound Of War

Gabriella Lettini, Ph.D. | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Gabriella Lettini, Ph.D.

This Veteran's Day, let's honor veterans and all people affected by war by striving to understand and address moral injury and the ever-lingering and far reaching consequences of war. The process of healing cannot start unless we can engage what truly ails us.

Coming Home

Elisabeth Mason | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth Mason

Actions, of course, speak much louder than mere sentiments of gratitude. And on that score, we have yet to face the true test. As the Iraq and Afghanistan wars come to a close, we will welcome back whole divisions of military men and women.

Veterans Day: Healing The Wounds Of Those Who've Served Us -- A Spiritual Perspective

Bishop James Magness | Posted 01.10.2013 | Religion
Bishop James Magness

For people of faith, the significant challenge is whether or not we will recognize, remember and care for those who have served us in uniform during the other 364 days of the year.

The Problem Veterans Face Behind Closed Doors

Vicki Larson | Posted 01.09.2013 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

It's clear that some marriages may be yet another casualty of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Yoga: How We Serve Combat Veterans Coping With Trauma

Rob Schware | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

My hope is that the yoga community can continue to collaborate to bring the benefits of yoga to those who lack access and the funds to reap those benefits.

A Historic Election for New Veterans

Kate O'Gorman | Posted 01.09.2013 | Impact
Kate O'Gorman

A record high 42 new veterans ran for Congress in 2012. Sixteen of these candidates won their bids for Congress yesterday, and two more are in races still too close to call.

Honoring Our Superheroes On Veterans Day

Janine Boldrin | Posted 01.09.2013 | Impact
Janine Boldrin

America's veterans stood up on behalf of our nation; joining together with others to think beyond themselves to the greater good. Super Heroes. Yes, I definitely agree with the first grader's description of a veteran. The call came and they answered.

Yoga: A Veteran's Way to Serve Veterans

Rob Schware | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

"Now I might chant a little but I still try to make yoga as relatable as possible to the military culture, so I try to quickly emphasize breath, muscles, and mind: three things all vets can relate to."

'Atonement': A Veteran's Journey From Haunting to Reconciliation

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 12.28.2012 | Media
Joseph Bobrow

It is a finely hewn, graphic, and potent account of the emotional, moral and spiritual impacts of war, and one marine's passionate search for meaning and forgiveness. The story also poignantly conveys the anguish of the family and the farther reaches of human forgiveness.

Election Day and Veterans Day: Time to Make the Connection

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Behind each of these statistics is a human story. These stories and our individual veterans must not be ignored. The plight of our post-9/11 veterans is a ticking time bomb and a national tragedy.

Years Later, U.S. Soldier Finds Iraqi Family And Apologizes

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.26.2012 | Good News

How do you go about apologizing for an act that could so easily have been lost in the fog of war? In a powerful article published in this month's N...

David Wood

Veterans In College Struggle With Frustration, Isolation As Drop-Out Rate Soars | David Wood | Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the decade after World War II, 2 million veterans went to college on the new GI Bill, and almost all of them graduated and went on to...