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Military Service

Making America Pain-Free For Plutocrats And Big Pharma, But Not Vets

Ann Jones | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
Ann Jones

A Vietnam vet told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, "Thank you for your service," replied: "I didn't serve, I was used." In fact, there are many ways today's veterans are used, conned, and exploited by big gamers right here at home.

Transgender Americans Can Now Fight And Die For A Country That Doesn't Protect Them At Home

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics

Transgender people are now allowed to serve in the military, according to a new policy announced by Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday. That mea...

Honoring National Service in War and Peace

David J. Smith | Posted 05.31.2016 | College
David J. Smith

The dean at my son's graduation was correct to honor military women and men. But he might have added a second salute to those who serve our country in many other ways that advance important social and economic change in the U.S. and abroad.

We Learned What's Important From Our Stepfather

Brigitte Cutshall | Posted 03.22.2016 | Impact
Brigitte Cutshall

You are never really prepared emotionally when someone passes away. My stepfather, Jean-Luc, died at the age of 64 from a massive heart attack just over a week ago. My mom heard a big crash in the basement where he was working out.

Mother, Hope and the Meaning of Christmas

Joel Peterson | Posted 12.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Joel Peterson

I came to understand as never before what Christmas is. Christmas is not in the glitter and props and material objects offered and received. It is not in rituals, half pagan, whose meanings had long been forgotten.

Beyond the Uniform and Simple Thanks

Joel Peterson | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Joel Peterson

Don't get me wrong, I'm very grateful for all the many friends and acquaintances who are truly generous and genuine with their thanks.But, many veterans have shared that they feel what I feel: awkward, weird, half embarrassed, a bit resentful, but also proud.

Through the Power of Their Creativity, Our Veterans Continue to Serve

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 11.09.2015 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

The artist within that Curtis discovered as a result of working through his own PTSD experiences made him passionate about helping fellow Veterans recover from the ravages of combat.

How Dare You, Mr. Trump: The Real Nature of Military Service

Dr. Joan Beder | Posted 07.31.2016 | Impact
Dr. Joan Beder

The reality is that while the number has been decreasing, as recently as a few months ago, there were still more suicides per day among veterans stateside than deaths in active combat overseas (22 per day).

Betraying the Military (And Democracy) by Loving Indifference

William Astore | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
William Astore

Most Americans lack any clear sense of what the military does; they certainly care less than they should; but what they are willing to do is to "salute" the troops by buying a beer in a red-white-and-blue can or putting a magnetic ribbon on their SUV as an expression of "support."

Forget Everything You Think You Know About Gap Years

Connor Love | Posted 06.10.2016 | College
Connor Love

Taking a gap year is hardly a revolutionary idea. Our European and Australian counterparts are champs at it. Nonetheless, many view this time as a setback, a waste of time, money and the chance to get a jump on that all-important career. This is short-sighted.

It's Crazy, But I Wish My Autistic Son Could Be a Soldier

Hannah Brown | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Hannah Brown

No one envies a soldier's mother. The worry. The sleepless nights. The fear that your child will suffer harm, both physical and psychological. Especially in Israel, where I live, military service is tough and dangerous. So, how is it that I find myself envying parents whose children are soldiers?

American Sniper and the American Psyche

Frank Islam | Posted 04.28.2015 | Entertainment
Frank Islam

American Sniper is one man's story. It is the story of a warrior and a human being who loved his country and his family who bore the burden and paid the price. It could have easily been called "American Tragedy."

Honoring Veterans by Expanding National Service

Stephen J. Hadley | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Stephen J. Hadley

The service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform has been the foundation for American leadership in the world. That world still needs American leadership. But that leadership does not just require a strong armed forces.

Military and Civilian Service Make for a Powerful Combination

Robert L. Gordon III | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Robert L. Gordon III

Our experience underscores the commitment my family made to serve our country across two generations, and now we watch proudly as our children carry the legacy in national civilian service.

National Service and Military Service Are Two Sides of the Same Coin

Dr. Chris Howard | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Dr. Chris Howard

The "National Service Coin" could symbolize the connective tissue our civil society needs, and could weave together important personal service narratives for the young men and women we need in order to sustain our great Republic.

National Service and National Resilience

Michèle Flournoy | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
Michèle Flournoy

Today, less than 1 percent serve in the U.S. military. Expanding national service to include more civilian service opportunities would increase the number of Americans who experience putting a mission first and sacrificing for the greater good.

An Immigrant's Call to Service

Deval 'Dev' Zaveri | Posted 08.18.2014 | College
Deval 'Dev' Zaveri

I'm as unlikely a military officer as you will find. We come from a caste of merchants, not soldiers; so when I wasn't in school, I spent my time working in my family's convenience store. Military service was never a topic of conversation in our home.

ONE ON ONE: Jake Cusack on 21st Century Military Service

Katherine Keating | Posted 07.27.2014 | World
Katherine Keating

"Memorial Day, to me, is a celebration of lives that were well-lived and people who gave that last full measure of devotion in service of a cause greater than themselves." Memorial Day is a holiday of remembrance for Americans. They remember those who have died in wars, many of whom were young people of our generation who, like Jake, believed passionately in the idea of service. I believe it is the duty of all young people to think about what our generation's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have meant for those countries and ours. When we fail to continue to pay attention to Iraq and Afghanistan, we fail to honor the sacrifices made by the soldiers of our generation.

A Grateful Nation Remembers Fallen Heroes

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

Although we are all aware of the remarkable leadership and sacrifice of great generals of wars past and present, it is the silence of those men and women who died during combat that speaks so clearly to the meaning of bravery and patriotism.

The Unforeseen Consequences of the Volunteer Army

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

Recent episodes of random violence at U.S. Army bases, the latest at Fort Hood in Texas, have underscored one of the little-recognized and heartrending consequences of our reliance on a volunteer military to defend our country.

Reporters Should Clarify That Coffman Is Not Supportive of Citizenship Path Via College

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.09.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Journalists continue to report that Rep. Mike Coffman is being nicer to young undocumented immigrants than he really is. Coffman supports giving youn...

Uncle Sam Wants You, Stars of Stage and Screen and the Sporting World

William Astore | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics
William Astore

If our celebrities who profit the most from America are unwilling to defend it the way Stewart and Williams did, perhaps that's not just a sign of societal rot. Perhaps it's a sign that our wars are simply not vital to us. And if that's the case, shouldn't we end them?

Young Men Want To Be Heroes: Let's Help Them Do It Right

Dr. Chris Howard | Posted 10.06.2013 | College
Dr. Chris Howard

I think it is quite appropriate that we as a society don't simply confine the idea of hero to one who earns his way to significance with knives, swords, bullets or guns. Doing so nurtures an unhealthy construct of masculinity often referred to by academics as hyper or false; you and I simply call it "macho."

Service in Pursuit of a More Perfect Union Takes on Many Forms

Pete Kalenik | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Pete Kalenik

So as individual members of a collective community, we all have a responsibility to contribute to the greater society that dictates our access to freedom, opportunity, and the sense of fulfillment that accompanies the notion that we are all a part of something larger than ourselves.

Citizen Soldiers

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

I have often heard former military colleagues say that the nation is not at war -- the Army is at war. We have forged a self-perpetuating professional military caste that is largely distinct from the overall population.