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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.

Giving Thanks For All Who Have Worn 'The Uniform'

Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.26.2013 | Religion
Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D.

This Memorial Day, I give thanks to God for my father, and all those in this country who have worn a uniform and worn it well. "O God, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy."

Sequestration: A Disservice to Those Who Serve

Javier Miyares | Posted 05.04.2013 | College
Javier Miyares

The best way to ensure veteran employment, to keep veterans out of poverty, to reduce veteran crime, help veterans maintain their sense of self-worth and stem the rising number of veteran suicides is through education.

National Service Not Military Service

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

We are indeed at a pivot point for the "success or failure of our great experiment" in government." Schools and families must play an essential role in building citizenship and the character of the nation. So too should national service.

Chuck Hagel's Military Service: A Target Once Again

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

I have consistently defended Senator Chuck Hagel, President Obama's choice for Secretary of Defense, against allegations that he is "anti-Semitic," against attacks for his lack of appetite for "elective" wars, etc.

The Disingenuous Dismissal of Chuck Hagel's Military Service

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Conservatives have consistently glorified military service, as they should. But now, as Obama nominates a man who has served honorably in combat in Vietnam, the "Hagel Haters," -- many "chicken hawks" themselves -- are disingenuously changing their tune.

The Chuck Hagel I Know: A Staunch Defender of Gay Rights

Steve Clemons | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Steve Clemons

I know that Hagel supports solid legal protections for gay families and is personally supportive of gays and lesbians. How do I know this? Because I'm a national-security wonk who happens to be gay and who happens to have interacted with and followed Chuck Hagel for years.

Army Lessons Learned and the Vote

Harold Ross | Posted 01.21.2013 | Black Voices
Harold Ross

My vote is not a Christmas gift, some toy or clothing item that I'm allowed to play with or wear from time to time. It is learned, informed and dedicated to the self-evident truth that fair and equal citizenship for American men and women is inherent in the American dream.

Romney Boys

Jeff Danziger | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Understanding Our Peers

Julia L. Stern | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
Julia L. Stern

The U.S. military was engaged in two theaters of war, I was studying global security, and yet I could not think of a single person I knew who was serving -- nor had the thought previously crossed my mind.

Just Where Is the 'Veteran' Vote?

Jason Dempsey | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Jason Dempsey

For the most part this is to be expected, as Obama has a significant advantage in the youth vote in the general electorate as well, but to see this preference among young service members and veterans may mean that the era when it seemed that Republicans had a lock on the military vote is coming to a close.

Veteran Claims BofA Violated A Law Protecting Active-Duty Military

Posted 08.07.2012 | Business

One Alabama man who served in Afghanistan is claiming Bank of America violated a law that protects active duty service members from financial hardship...

Romney Soldiers

Jeff Danziger | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Should Military Service Be Mandatory?

Sanah Imran | Posted 09.24.2012 | Teen
Sanah Imran

Although forcing every private citizen to serve may seem radical and undemocratic at first blush, something must be done to rectify the average American's misplaced patriotism.

John McCain, A Veteran Was Demeaned In Your Name. Will You Defend Her?

Linda Milazzo | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

This past Sunday, Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh, who never served a day in the military, shamelessly questioned the heroism of his Congressional opponent, Illinois Army National Guard veteran and double amputee, Major Tammy Duckworth.

Senate Challenger Says Soldiers Don't Fight For Right To Contraception

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.05.2012 | Politics

A New York GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate has included in her stump speech the claim that America's fighting men and women are not risking their li...

Veterans Respected, But Misunderstood

J. J. Abrams | Posted 08.26.2012 | Impact
J. J. Abrams

Respected for their service and applauded for their sacrifice when they return home, today's veterans are also, in some important ways, deeply misunderstood by the people they fight for.

Remembering By Serving

William McNulty | Posted 07.28.2012 | Impact
William McNulty

Every Memorial Day growing up, we would go to the Winnetka, Ill., Village Green where there is a large monument to all the service members who had die...

Memorial Day: Honor the Fallen, Remember the Living

Dave Helfert | Posted 07.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Dave Helfert

This Memorial Day, honor those who have fallen in service to the nation. They have given the last full measure and they surely deserve our respect and gratitude. But take just a minute to honor those who fought in our wars and lived. For many, their battles are far from over.

Ann Romney, Military Mom? No Romney Sons in Service and Mitt Dodged Vietnam

Cynthia Wachtell | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Cynthia Wachtell

The American sons and daughters who Romney would send to Iran almost surely would not include any of his five strapping lads. Nor, if the past decade serves as an indicator, would the American forces in Iran include many of the children of our nation's political leaders.

Military Mind: What Happens to Our Heroes' Brains

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 02.17.2012 | Science

Combat seems to do a number on some soldiers' minds--as high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among returning soldiers attest. But a bom...

Criminalizing Lies -- An Unusual Free Speech Case in Supreme Court

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

Congress passed the Stolen Valor Act to protect the reputation of military decorations and honors from false pretenders. Such false representations dishonor the decorations themselves, and diminish the reputation.

In Uncertain Times, America Looks to Its Service Members for Inspiration

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 01.23.2012 | Impact
Ravi Chaudhary

When I go to sleep tonight I will say a small prayer for this young airman's safety. But most importantly I'll give thanks to the many young Americans like her who will ultimately shape the future of our nation.

On Veterans Day - What We Tell Our Children

Graciela Tiscareno-Sato | Posted 01.11.2012 | Latino Voices
Graciela Tiscareno-Sato

What are you telling your children today about Veterans Day? What do they understand about why they have a day off from school on Friday? How do you explain military service to your young children?