When I talk about the quotient left out of a fancy math algorithm that determines national affordability for a nation at war, the things they don't account for are the payments still due on that tab.
These soccer balls will make a very unique journey around the world to reach the hands of children of Afghanistan, Bhutan, Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries.
War takes a horrific physical and emotional toll on our soldiers and their families, and we are currently not providing them adequate care and support. We must unite around our commitment and honor their service by adequately addressing their health and well-being.
Last year was not a kind year. Deadly serious issues confronted the nation. It did not go well. Several arenas epitomized these issues more than most.
Few cultural groups in America have a more powerful affinity. Looking ahead to 2015 these predictions can help organizations plan on how to more effectively engage with the military-veteran community.
The line of people who know more about World War I than I do could stretch longer than the Great War's 450-mile scar that runs through Europe to this day.
Sometimes it's tough to sit through a one-man show, as so many factors are in play. Not only the actor and the text, but the subject matter as well.
Twenty five years later, I am still in the U.S. I return each summer to the city that I love. I still feel the frustration in Parisians souls. People are scared, people are fed up. Yes, it is a beautiful city and will always be.
K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service dogs to warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of their military service (post 9/11).
At its core, the military is a competitive entity. My vision for our circle is to ensure this competition isn't a part of the interpersonal relationships between the women we serve with.
While the situation is admittedly quite grim, with record numbers of veterans committing suicide at an ever-increasing rate, the issue is most likely even more ominous than it first appears.
Here's a New Year's resolution for the Pentagon: Fix the Military Lending Act. And this is just a first step for all of us towards helping the military community build long-term financial security.
My message this New Year's is simple: Lessons learned in the past are only a place to begin. Be encouraged -- because with each New Year comes a new start.
If it sounds cool, it's a secondary effect. There are some really cool ways to earn them, though. The main way is usually via your name and if there's a way to make it sexually suggestive, it usually happens (up until about 10 years ago).
The military has ambitious energy goals - like the Navy sourcing 50 percent of its on-shore energy from alternative sources by 2020, or the Army and Air Force each aiming to have 1 GW of renewable energy installed on their bases by 2025. To realize those goals, it's going to take significant resources and planning from the public and private sectors.
This story is small but powerful and its lessons timeless. If only every elected official in D.C. and across the country would read this over the holiday break perhaps we might inspire the seeds of a new kind of leadership this spring. One can only hope.