The Human Hug Project is made up of three people with three different lives, but all face one obstacle- PTSD. Together, they are the Human Hug Project. Ian Michael is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
This weekend marks one of the most sacred holidays of the year for me -- Memorial Day. It is a time to reflect on those who gave all for their country. It is our solemn duty to never forget and to honor their memories.
By current estimates, 22 veterans every day are choosing to end their own lives. I can't help but wonder about my own experiences and how fortunate I've been thus far hanging on to this roller coaster called post-military life.
I did not go imagining I would single-handedly solve anything, nor did any of us go presuming to speak for or represent Palestinians. I went to better understand, and to invest in a relationship we see far more promise in -- that between American Muslims and American Jews.
We had no business going to Iraq in the first place anyway, but we did and broke it. Therefore, we have a responsibility to make the best of the worst situation which is to get all of its neighbors and Iraqi factions under the U.N. umbrella together to divide the country in a peaceful manner.
Let us never forget those who paid the ultimate price, while showing our appreciation, support and respect to those who continue to serve. Perhaps the best way to honor the fallen and injured is to continue their legacy in our future heroes.
This week, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) will hold their annual Storm the Hill Campaign in Washington, D.C. Storm the Hill. Dozens of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans from across the country meet with lawmakers, tell their stories and urge them to pass legislation.
At least in a formal sense, our country's memories of war are to be found in school history textbooks. Exactly a decade after the U.S. invasion, those texts are indeed sending "messages" to young people about the meaning of the U.S. war in Iraq.
Proclaim it from the rooftops: No, America is not "over." Yet a growing accumulation of evidence suggests that America today is not the America of 1945. Everyone else on the planet understands this. Perhaps it's finally time for Americans to do so as well.
Who is in charge of our operations in Iraq, now? George Orwell? A war based on lies continues to be a war based on lies. Today, we have a war that is not a war, with combat troops who are not combat troops.