Every year at this moment, the world begins to synchronize. Our many different cultures notwithstanding, there's something about the holidays that makes the planet communal. Even nations that do not celebrate Christmas can't help but be caught up in the collective spirit of their neighbors, as twinkling lights dot the landscape and carols fill the air. It's an inspiring time of the year.
I have been impressed with the depth of understanding that many of those on the Hill have about the issues affecting returning troops and their families. And it isn't just the members of the House and Senate who are passionate about caring for those coming home from war. Many of the staffers who work on the Hill are veterans themselves.
Get out there and randomly, anonymously gift people you don't know. Then sit down and really think about what you can do to give of yourself to family and friends. Their deep gratitude will fill you with endless joy, as you slip into your holiday genes -- all year long.
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.
In an environment where most individuals are not combatants (think: Baghdad or Kabul), autonomous weapons inability to assess individual intention make their presence on the battlefield an international legal liability.
Sid Shachnow prides himself on his strategy, leadership and skill in warfare, with very good reason. He talks confidently about his life in the military, but there is one battle he concedes he never won -- his battle with God.
Admittedly, I found Michael & Sarah before they were "officially" @TheVerardos. Their outrageously cute Golden Retrievers and wedding preparation details initially drew me in, but this is not a story about wedding dresses or sweet dogs.
For at least a decade, Americans have been living in the shadow of war and yet, except in pop fiction of the Tom Clancy variety (where, in the end, we always win), there's remarkably little evidence of it.
25 million Americans have served in the U.S. armed forces, and you just need to look online or watch TV to see how advertisers are increasingly pursuing them. However, most companies don't understand the veteran market segment opportunity.
Since September 2011, more than 40,000 veterans have been hired through the Veteran Recruiting virtual career fairs, and more than 600 employers have participated.
By giving back to those who sacrifice time with their loved ones for our country, you can help brighten someone's holidays.
Visitors to the city almost always find their way to the Inner Harbor to stroll, dine and cruise along the waterfront. Recently, two innovative programs at the Inner Harbor have made it possible to explore the waterfront in a whole new way -- by spending the night under the water.
If you're a military veteran who has had dealings with the VA, that word -- "backlog" -- is depressingly familiar.
We're really good at demanding rights, but we don't seem very interested in taking responsibility for them. Too often self-interest trumps the obligation we share to care for each other and our democracy.
Ms. Coombs was able to provide families of 9/11 victims, who had yet to receive assistance, some much needed help. She wanted to lead by example and teach her children "to pay it forward."
This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the men and women who are still serving every day to protect us, and I am forever indebted to those who gave all.