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Paul Rieckhoff

Seven Leaders to Inspire You to Act

Adria D. Goodson | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Adria D. Goodson

Today we announce the seven women and men chosen as our 2014 Prime Movers fellows who will inspire you next or may have already done so.

Big Change Requires Bold Social Movements: 7 Leaders to Watch

Adria D. Goodson | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Adria D. Goodson

Dedicated men and women continue to re-imagine and build the social movements that will transform our country well into the future. Our nation needs these architects of change more than ever.

Crisis! Pro-Obama Jews Must Demand Diplomacy Advocate Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Since many of our Christian brothers and sisters are offline for the Christmas holiday, I thought this would be a good time for the pro-Obama Jews to ...

Big Bird Gets a Mention, Vets Left Out Entirely. Will VP Debate Be Any Different?

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

No veteran should come home to an unemployment check. Candidates need to do more, and all Americans need to demand answers on how they plan to support new veterans and their families -- on jobs and other critical issues.

Paul Rieckhoff: We Need More Than Yellow Bumper Stickers

92nd Street Y | Posted 12.05.2012 | World
92nd Street Y

Founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Paul Rieckhoff, has taken his fight from the battlefields of Iraq to the halls of Congress, advocating for his fellow veterans who are facing a variety of challenges upon their return from war.

An "Americafest" for All Our Country's Veterans

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 09.03.2012 | Impact
Paul Rieckhoff

For 99% of Americans, this Fourth of July marks yet another annual tradition of barbecues, block parties and fireworks. It's the halfway point of a long hot summer. A day to celebrate freedom, 'Merica, and being born in the U.S.A. But for the other one percent? The war still rages on.

Solving the Riddle of Veteran Unemployment

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 08.22.2012 | Business
Paul Rieckhoff

As Americans make their July 4th plans, it's time to change the dialogue about our nation's newest veterans.

What Works in Veteran Care: Confronting the Obstacles to "Joining Forces"

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 08.05.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

If we as a society are to broach the veteran-civilian divide, we need social venues, optimal environments, where civilians and their families and children can get to know veterans and their families and children, up close and personal.

It's Time for the President to Prove He's Brady or Eli for Vets

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

As all eyes turn to Capitol Hill tonight for the State of the Union address, I'll join 20 fellow Iraq vets on the House floor and millions nationwide and overseas who are looking for crucial promises from the president.

The Good Guys

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.09.2012 | Impact

Editing a Good News section is often a lesson in the unbeatable buoyancy of the human spirit. Even in the midst of overwhelming negativity, people lik...

A Message to All Candidates: Our Troops Aren't Props

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 03.10.2012 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

Our troops are many things to many people. Heroes, parents, diplomats, victims, villains, victors. But as the GOP primary heats up, there is one thing that everyone must understand they're not: political props. And that's not just my opinion, it's the law.

Howard Fineman

Paul Rieckhoff: Young Vets Are 'Going To Break Our Backs' To Turn Around America

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK -- On Thanksgiving Weekend, there is no group of Americans more deserving of thanks than the country's youngest war veterans. One of their...

WATCH: Paul Rieckhoff On Veteran Unemployment

Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

The Huffington Post honored our 2011 Game Changers at New York's Skylight Soho on Tuesday, celebrating forward-thinking individuals who have changed t...

SXSW World Premiere and Vets Screening With Elvis

K. Lorrel Manning and Michael Cuomo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
K. Lorrel Manning and Michael Cuomo

Our pre-screening fears were quickly silenced when the lights went down. Happy New Year played beautifully, and the audience response was overwhelming.

Oscar Nominee Sebastian Junger Speaks About His Year in Deadliest Place on Earth

Joshua Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joshua Kors

Junger's film, Restrepo, is an eye-opening look at the war for viewers who know Afghanistan only from two-minute clips on cable, followed by hours of political analysis.

Tweet Your Way to a Great, Productive 2011

2morrowknight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
2morrowknight

There are lots of numbers in social media: followers, listings, etc. But to me, there is one number that shines above all else: the number of people whose lives are impacted by what you do

Amanda Terkel

Army: Soldiers Need More Time At Home Between Deployments

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Repeated troop deployments are putting an enormous strain on members of the U.S. military who are forced to deploy to Iraq and/or Afg...

This Thanksgiving, Be Thankful for Real Heroes

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

2010-11-24-giunta.jpgWhile Black Friday looms, the disconnect between our military and the American public is at its most palpable since I came home from Iraq in 2004.

Glenn Beck Declares War on Our Veterans

Jake Diliberto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jake Diliberto

Glenn Beck is the modern day pharisee, a wolf in sheep's clothing. If Beck were aware, he would see American Vets are stomped on with little caution, and IAVA fights for them.

HuffPost's Greatest Person Of The Day: : Paul Rieckhoff, Iraq Vet And Founder Of The IAVA

The Huffington Post | Dominique Fenton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Every day on HuffPost, we're highlighting one 'Greatest Person'- an exceptional individual who is confronting the country's economic and political cri...

Long Story Short: Six Words on Coming Home From War

Larry Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Larry Smith

War is not a simple concept. And yet this Veterans Day and every day, just six words can offer an unflinching glimpse into a soldier's heart.

The President Talked About Vets at the DAV; I'll Bet You Didn't Read About That

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

The president said many of the right things in his veterans speech, but the hard results were lacking. Lip service doesn't go far with military folks. We expect more than rhetoric about respect and promises; we expect outcomes.

Our Turn

Clint Van Winkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Clint Van Winkle

Five veterans are making short documentaries that will let people see what the veteran experience is really like. We aren't making Hollywood action movies.

GI Bill 2010: A Quick Update

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

In 2008 we got the new GI Bill passed; in 2009 hundreds of thousands of veterans enrolled in school; and in 2010 we are focused on making the needed upgrades to fill in the gaps and get the benefit right.

The Hurt Locker, and What it Means to be Addicted to War

Michael Hastings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Hastings

Pre-Oscar kneecapping of The Hurt Locker misses the point: despite being set in Baghdad, the film was never really about Iraq. It's about the addiction that grips war correspondents and soldiers alike.