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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.

Man 'Flabbergasted' When Purple Heart Is Returned After 70 Years

AP | MARTHA WAGGONER | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics

RALEIGH, N.C. -- When Army Cpl. George Hemphill returned to North Carolina from fighting in World War II, he tried to put the horrors of life as an in...

Widow: 80-Year-Old Husband Died Saving My Life

Posted 09.24.2012 | New York

The widow of an 80-year-old Purple Heart veteran who was fatally struck by a car on Saturday says her husband, Rubin Baum, died saving her life. 60...

Comedy Takes a Stand for the Troops in Manhattan

Jim Luce | Posted 09.11.2012 | Impact
Jim Luce

If the U.S. government recruits soldiers and sends them around the world often in harm's way, it is incumbent upon our nation and its people to be there for them when the return. Stand for the Troops helps us do just that.

Q&A with K. Lorrel Manning: Director of Happy New Year Takes Unflinching Look at Injured Soldiers

Joshua Kors | Posted 08.12.2012 | Entertainment
Joshua Kors

Don't let the name fool you. Happy New Year has nothing in common with vacuous holiday comedies like New Year's Eve. The film explores the lives of soldiers wounded in war, digging into the ugly internal war so many soldiers face upon returning home.

Woman Says BofA Wrongly Foreclosed On Her Home, Took Her Son's Purple Heart

Posted 06.05.2012 | Business

Upon returning home from a visit with her son in a military hospital abroad, Lilly Washington was surprised to find a “for sale” sign had been pla...

Shades of Guilt in My Purple Heart

Shannon P. Meehan | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics
Shannon P. Meehan

When you see my Purple Heart, you see my sacrifice, but I see and feel much more. I see the people I killed, the civilians that I failed to protect, and I am reminded that there will be no Purple Heart for them.

The Price of Sacrifice

David Isenberg | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
David Isenberg

Since advocates argue that of private contractors frequently act just as meritoriously and valorously as regular military personnel, excluding contractors from receiving medals means contractors are not seen as part of an honored class.

The Purple Heart: Reflecting the Changing Nature of War and of U.S. Society

Dorian de Wind | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

The Purple Heart, perhaps more than other military decorations, has reflected and continues to reflect the changing nature of warfare and, more importantly, the changing character of the nation that sends its men and women into harm's way.

Astoria Characters: The Survivor Who Speaks Her Mind

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.27.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

An unexpected lump in Anna Kril's left breast gave her a crash course in cancer survival. Spunky and savvy, she was appalled at the lack of resources in Queens for breast cancer sufferers like herself.

The Revolution Reunite for Bobby Z and Heart Month: Day 17

Suzanne O'Malley | Posted 04.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne O'Malley

On Sunday, Feb. 19, Bobby Z, aka Robert Rivkin, will celebrate the one-year anniversary of surviving his heart attack with a rare reunion performance to benefit the American Heart Association with the help of his former bandmates.

Pawn Shop Buys Purple Heart, Seeks Out Owner

Posted 01.30.2012 | Impact

When a seller offered an Ohio pawn shop a Purple Heart, the store bought it with one intention -- to return the medal to its rightful owner, NBC4 repo...

Pa. WWII Vet Gets Long-delayed Purple Heart

AP | Posted 03.28.2012 | Good News

PITTSBURGH — Nearly 70 years after he earned it, Aaron Narvol has his Purple Heart. Wounded in the Battle of Okinawa, Narvol had long deserved ...

Soldier Pawns Purple Heart To Pay For Christmas

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.22.2011 | Detroit

Many people head to the pawn shop during the holiday season, selling their valuables for cash to afford gifts for loved ones. But one man in Holland,...

Marines Accidentally Sent Ornaments To 1,150 Deceased Soldiers

AP | By ROBERT BURNS | Posted 12.14.2011 | Impact

WASHINGTON -- The Marine Corps on Tuesday apologized for mistakenly mailing Purple Heart Christmas tree ornaments to about 1,150 deceased Marines and ...

After 75 Surgeries, Vet Gets New Home Thanks To 'DWTS' Finalist

Posted 11.21.2011 | Impact

Sgt. Joel Tavera has lost his eyesight, right leg and suffered burns on over 60 percent of his body, but he's feeling grateful. The Iraq vet moved int...

Honoring Our Vets: When the Color Purple Comes Together

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 01.11.2012 | Impact
Stuart Muszynski

Why purple? Because purple is a blend of red and blue. When our all-volunteer military men and women enlist to serve our nation, they don't sign up to serve a red state or a blue state, or one political faction but not another, they serve America.

The First Proco Joe Moreno

Joe Moreno | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

War should not be glorified, but the millions of individuals like my grandfather, who have defended and continue to defend us, should be.

Rhode Island Rep. Lied About Military Service, Blamed Arrest On PTSD

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

Rhode Island state Rep. Daniel Gordon (R) was arrested Sunday and charged with driving on a suspended license, according to the Providence Journal. Th...

Woman Buys Fallen WWII Soldier's Medal At Antique Shop, Returns It To Family

AP | By CHRIS CAROLA | Posted 10.06.2011 | Impact

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Corrado Piccoli's sisters believed one of their other siblings had his Purple Heart. So it was a shock when a Vermont Army National Gu...

Ben Muessig

Army Charged Wounded Vet For Medal | Ben Muessig | Posted 10.06.2011 | Weird News

War comes with an incalculable human cost. And apparently a shipping fee of about $21. Retired Sgt. Major Rob Dickerson says that's the price he wa...

The Dangers And Values Of Dark Teen Lit | Jessica Ferri | Posted 08.15.2011 | Books

A recent Wall Street Journal article argues that young adult fiction has grown too gruesome, especially as they're dominated by horror, vampires and v...

Every Day More Veterans Become Homeless: Meet Mike

Pat LaMarche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Mike became homeless for the first time in his life this month. As a retired nurse and well educated man he wonders how it could have happened to him. Maybe it was just his turn.

Honoring A Friend: Iraq Vet Gives His Purple Heart To Congresswoman Giffords

Huffington Post | Gabrielle Canon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Inspired by her dedication to military service members, Army veteran Al Lee gave his Purple Heart coin to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who suffer...

NPR: The Saga Continues

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bill Moyers

The modestly-paid but dedicated journalists at NPR are part of a forty year history that has given listeners a deeper and richer portrait of America and the world than any other broadcast news organization in the country.