The Department of Veterans Affairs is doing some really good stuff for vets that no one hears about, catching up since 2009. I've helped, in a very minor way for several years, now I gotta do more, for VA, military families, and vets.
Do you remember that folk song from the 1960s, "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" There is one lyric that asks, "Where have all the soldiers gone?" Certainly, many of our war heroes have died while protecting our interests abroad. Many more have returned home, however, and they've gone about the task of transitioning into civilian life. It hasn't been easy.
Without those who fight the wars, there would be no homefront. Without a homefront, there would be no reason to fight. The story of George Bailey reveals that his mundane duties at home were essential during the war years and beyond.
military families and service members are famous for overcoming challenges, doing more with less, running in boots with packs on, moving to unfamiliar towns, being told to deploy on a moment's notice. Lead by example yet again, fellow military families.
You've asked a lot of us. You've asked for 12 years of war. You've asked for 5,000 of our lives. You've asked for 50,000 of us to deal with Traumatic Brain Injury. You've asked for 250,000 of us to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. You've asked for over 2 million of us to deploy.
Military working dogs -- or dogs in general -- and young children seeing their military parents (sometimes for the first time) return home from military assignments are some of my favorite subjects.
After more than a decade of living with the separations and uncertainties endemic to military life, many children from military families are paying the emotional and psychological costs.
Helping recruit, educate and employ military veterans should be a priority for the STEM community. This specific group of people are perhaps the most deserving of our support.
Have you ever spoken to your kids about the realities of war? What about the debt each of us owes to our veterans and their families? This is a great opportunity to begin having these family conversations.
In a deposition for the lawsuit against the tabloids, Cruise likened his job and his time overseas to that of a soldier leaving his family behind to serve in Afghanistan. A collective gasp could be heard across the military community. Maverick!
I pinned all my dissatisfaction on a place, only to discover that a world away the feeling remained because it was within, not around me. Letting go of the fantasy life I had promised myself was a bitter pill to swallow, but ultimately freed me from living in a state of suspended animation.
"No -- thank YOU," he exclaimed. "You don't know how important this is for us to get these reminders of home, of our way of life. You remind us of what it is to be an American and let us know we are not lost or forgotten."
Between the uncertainties, the separation from family and friends, and the very real threat of imminent danger, the day-to-day challenges facing military servicemembers and their families are unparalleled. And yet, despite the stress levels, men and women continue to volunteer to serve; a decision that is usually supported by their families. Are they like superheroes, preternaturally disposed to keep calm and carry on? Or do they know some tricks and secrets to cope with the constant anxiety and the high-stress situations?
Survey results consistently find that four out of five military children deal with increased stress and anxiety when a parent is deployed overseas or recovering from severe injury.
Here's hoping the government at all levels -- federal, state, and local -- continues to address the mismatch of the way American workplaces are structured and the needs of American workers.
Fights over judicial nominations are hardy perennials. The politics around them can become dispiriting. So it is important to remember that beneath the political warfare, there are often unbelievably talented human beings, without any ideological agenda.