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Consider Donating Your War Letters for Memorial Day

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Megan Smolenyak

letter to Dad in Vietnam As Memorial Day approaches, our thoughts naturally turn to those who have served in the military over the years and generati...

His Purple Heart 'Didn't Mean S***'

Jordan Melograna | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Jordan Melograna

Like Vietnam veterans before him, Marine Corps veteran Josh Christmon is being denied care for PTSD because he was kicked out of the military for behavior stemming from his PTSD.

Marines Fight California Wildfires as Thousands Are Displaced From Blaze

Amanda Saunders | Posted 07.16.2014 | Los Angeles
Amanda Saunders

A brush fire which started aboard Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook at approximately 9:45 a.m. yesterday has required local military personnel and famil...

A Thank You Note To Military Communities

Janine Boldrin | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Janine Boldrin

You weren't in the military but you knew of "us" because you lived in military towns. Or maybe you were military and remembered what it was like. Many of you never "served" but just knew we needed a warm hello.

The Power of Purpose in Life and Business

Lydia Davey | Posted 07.11.2014 | Small Business
Lydia Davey

Have you defined a direction for your life and business? Do you have your core values hammered out? Or do you feel yourself treading water - checking off accomplishments without making headway you actually feel good about?

Translations of 31 Military Expressions You Heard From the Veteran at Work

Chad Pollitt | Posted 06.14.2014 | Business
Chad Pollitt

Most of the time, it's likely that the slang you hear has a positive connotation, but not always. It's useful to know whether you're receiving praise or a poke. You might even be able to surprise your veteran co-workers by dropping some military jargon of your own.

The Perils of Ignoring Military PTSD and Violence

Zachary Bell | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Zachary Bell

It was my job in the USMC to fight the enemy and in doing so resulted in experiences and memories that I will have until the end of my days. I have tried for too long to make sense of it all and have come to realize at the end of the day war is unjustifiable no matter what side you are on.

Wisdom Does Not Always Follow Age

Zachary Bell | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Zachary Bell

Imagine how Marines all over the country feel as they remember fighting for their lives and how they feel now, or try to imagine what it's like to come home and realize the memory of who you were is better than the reality of who you are.

Jerome Murdough Tragedy Shows Where the System Failed and What Needs to be Fixed

Tim Murray | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Tim Murray

Last month, a veteran U.S. Marine "basically baked to death" in a New York City jail after a malfunctioning heating system caused the temperature in his cell to exceed 100 degrees.

Marine Who Was Severely Injured Protecting Friend To Receive Highest Military Honor: Report

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 03.07.2014 | Impact

For risking his life and incurring severe injuries to protect his friend in Afghanistan, Marine Corps. veteran William Kyle Carpenter will receive the...

90-Year-Old Veteran Gets A Big Birthday Surprise Thanks To Facebook Post

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 02.24.2014 | Good News

Harold Krueger, 90, has served in three wars. But perhaps his greatest challenge has been facing the death of LaVina, his wife of 63 years, over the l...

1% Somalia Pirates, 99% Somali People: Captured by British Ex-Marine in Pirate Hunter

James Grundvig | Posted 04.22.2014 | Books
James Grundvig

As Americans queued in the early hours of November 28, 2008, in anticipation of Black Friday shopping, the chemical tanker MV Biscaglia was under attack in the Gulf of Aden -- with a security detail of just two unarmed men and a ship laden with tons of highly flammable palm oil.

Chuck Hagel Praises Marines' Progress

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

By David Alexander WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recognized the Marine Corps on Thursday for achieving a...

The River Has Never Divided Us

James Moore | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
James Moore

Esequiel Hernandez, Jr. is a boy whose life will not go out of my memory while I breathe, and, perhaps, even longer. I thought about Ezequiel when I heard the current Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, candidate for governor, say he wanted to spend $300 million on another 500 state troopers to patrol the border.

Welcome to Vietnam: Fallujah, Iraq and the Pentagon

Hal Donahue | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Hal Donahue

When the drums start beating next time, remember the pain and cost of war. Our duty, as veterans, is to focus citizen's attention on the high price for what is done in their name.

Stop the Army From Copying Marines' Missions

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Instead of allowing the Army to become a second Marine Corps in Asia to retain excessive budget and force levels, the Army should keep only its existing missions and accept reduced funding and quantities of troops.

Don't Leave Military Family Caregivers Out of the Picture

Lily Casura | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Lily Casura

Focused on honoring our veterans on Veterans Day, earlier this month, we may not even have noticed the unsung heroes and heroines standing directly behind so many of them, just out of view -- the caregiver partners of the severely injured.

A Sailor's Dying Wish

Jennie Haskamp | Posted 01.25.2014 | Good News
Jennie Haskamp

Bud started to cry before the doors of the van opened. He'd been oohing and pointing at the cyclic rate as we approached the pier, but when we slowed down and Mandy said, 'They're all here for you, Bud,' he was overwhelmed.

For Veterans Day, Three Powerful Stories of Service

Tracy Hoover | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tracy Hoover

I’d like to pay tribute to all veterans by telling you the story of three people – a boy who lost his dad on 9/11, an Army helicopter pilot and We...

Veteran's Day Musical Magic: LA Rocker Brings Military Spouses in CAMMO on Stage at Hard Rock

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Lisa Kaas Boyle

What happened on stage that Saturday night in Hollywood, captured by photographer Billy Bennight and Alexandra's dad Rino Lee, on home video, was a spontaneous and brilliant burst of fireworks just in time for Veteran's Day.

Veterans Reunited After 60 Years

Posted 11.11.2013 | Fifty

When officers Tom Edwards and John Farnham were commissioned to different assignments during the middle of World War II, neither one thought they'd se...

Honoring and Supporting Vets Beyond Veteran's Day: One Marine's Journey

Cari E. Guittard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Cari E. Guittard

With this one tireless Marine leading the charge and now shifting the focus of the effort to addressing the alarming rise in PTSD, this Veteran's Day I wanted to sit down with Captain Bunch and ask him to reflect on the lessons learned and where OOA goes from here.

ReThink Review: Ender's Game -- Child Soldiers and Saviors

Jonathan Kim | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

As a newcomer to the series, I found myself much more interested in the film's take on leadership, the military, war, and empathy for one's enemy.

Marine To Face Court-Martial Over Accused Slaying Of Prostitute

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

By Malia Mattoch McManus HONOLULU, Oct 25 (Reuters) - A U.S. Marine has been referred for trial by court-martial in Hawaii on charges ...

Is It Time to Return to a Draft?

Tom Carpenter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

Why should that question be asked unless someone can show the all-volunteer force (AVF) is not working and sustainable? A recently published book with...