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We're Not Mercenaries. Oh, Dear

David Isenberg | Posted 06.21.2012 | World
David Isenberg

For many years those in the private security contracting industry have argued loudly that the people who carry guns in the field are not mercenaries. And they are exactly right, as I have noted many times in the past.

VA To Add About 1,900 To Mental Health Staff

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 06.19.2012 | Impact

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs said Thursday it was increasing its staff of mental health workers by roughly 1,900, part of an ...

Chemical Warfare

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

To fight our insane wars, we're wrecking our soldiers' ability to live with themselves and function in society, then regulating what's left of them with chemicals, which often make things immeasurably worse.

PHOTOS: A Rare Look Inside North Korea

Posted 05.09.2012 | World

A rare look inside daily life in North Korea. To see more great photography visit HuffPost Exposure. ...

Is Lack of Diversity a Factor in Our Failure in Afghanistan?

Richard Dickerson | Posted 06.10.2012 | Black Voices
Richard Dickerson

When you constantly pick the same people with similar backgrounds to serve and lead, it's hard for new and different ideas to be considered -- or even discussed. There is a value to different perspectives that come from different experiences, including a minority experience.

WATCH: Soldier Skypes To See Child's Birth

Posted 03.30.2012 | Parents

Specialist Brock Howland wasn't able to attend his son's birth, but he did the next best thing: Howland Skyped with his wife, Mary, throughout the del...

Repeated Military Deployment Is Like Waterboarding

Eliot Daley | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics
Eliot Daley

Sgt. Bales is a prime example: he had been sent into battle, faced death, then came home to comfort and safety. Then he was thrust back into battle, facing bombs and bullets and possible death once more, then home to comfort and safety. Again and again.

The Battle After the Battle: Soldiers and Their Families Struggling With PTSD

Judy Lin | Posted 05.20.2012 | Impact
Judy Lin

2012-03-20-Screenshot20120320at12.29.52PM.jpgNearly a decade has passed since that day in 2003, but Craig Mullaney still gets choked up recalling the firefight in Afghanistan where he watched one of his soldiers die.

Soldier Returns From Afghanistan, Surprises 5-Year-Old Daughter

Posted 01.28.2012 | Good News

U.S. Army Capt. Eric Perkins likes to do things big. That's why he surprised his 5-year-old daughter Ellie at her kindergarten classroom after ret...

Chris Kirkham

Senate Legislation Targets Aggressive Recruiting Of Veterans By For-Profit Colleges

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 01.24.2012 | Business

Over the past two years, for-profit colleges have been aggressively recruiting returning veterans in an effort to tap into billions of dollars in fede...

The Invisible War

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 03.18.2012 | Women
Soraya Chemaly

Some people feel that talking about these crimes, prosecuting them and seeking legal recourse weakens our military. It is the exact opposite.

U.S. and Afghan Troops Dance Off

SGT Tanangachi Mfuni | Posted 03.11.2012 | World
SGT Tanangachi Mfuni

There are days in Afghanistan when U.S. and Afghan forces are not in firefights with insurgents, neither are they sniffing out roadside bombs, or raiding weapons caches. Sometimes they're just dancing.

'Thank You for Your Service'

William Spear | Posted 02.29.2012 | Healthy Living
William Spear

How many of us have stopped to offer our thanks to others not in uniform but working below the radar and behind the scenes, dedicating their lives "in service" to a profession or cause?

How Many U.S. Soldiers Were Wounded in Iraq? Guess Again.

Dan Froomkin | Posted 02.29.2012 | Politics
Dan Froomkin

The figure for "wounded" constantly cited by politicians and the media does not come close to reflecting the real cost to the servicemembers who went to fight and will never be the same again. We owe it to them to make a full accounting of their sacrifice -- and then never forget it.

PHOTOS: Pictures Of The Week: Dec. 18 - Dec. 24

Posted 12.28.2011 | Home

To see more great photography visit HuffPost Exposure. ...

A Holiday Prayer for All Americans

Gary Shapiro | Posted 02.26.2012 | Politics
Gary Shapiro

Give us strength and wisdom this holiday season... To accept that all Americans mean well and want what's best for our nation. We just have different...

Christina Wilkie

Former CIA Director's Death Raises Questions, Divides Family

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new film on the life and death of master spy and former CIA director William E. Colby, created by his son, raises the question of whet...

You Won't Believe What This Solider Did Upon Returning From Iraq

Benjamin Buchholz | Posted 01.30.2012 | Books
Benjamin Buchholz

The impulse to write catalyzed on the second day of my military service in Iraq, when I responded to the death of a six-year-old girl.

The Plain-Clothed Service Members Among Us

SGT Tanangachi Mfuni | Posted 01.25.2012 | Impact
SGT Tanangachi Mfuni

There are so many civilians who deploy alongside us, who wear bulletproof vests, sometimes carry weapons and run for cover when the mortars hit, who may never be thanked for their service, simply because they don't wear the same uniform we do.

PHOTOS: Giving Thanks

Posted 11.23.2011 | Home

As Americans prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, there's plenty to be thankful for this year. Perhaps, thankful that you're not a turkey or thankful...

Veteran's Day: Knocking on Heaven's Door

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The box was made of plywood, stained and varnished like paneling, and reminded everyone of a B wood shop project. The dead man's boots stood on either side of the rifle, with his helmet on top.

On Veterans Day, Remembering the Sacrifice of Those Who Served

SGT Tanangachi Mfuni | Posted 01.08.2012 | Impact
SGT Tanangachi Mfuni

He died on a mountainside, far away from home. We were hours into the mission when insurgents ambushed our squad. They marred the beauty of that crisp, emerald morning with rocket-propelled grenades, chased by hellfire. He was the first one hit. He died instantly.

Johnny Comes Marching Home

Michael Brenner | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics
Michael Brenner

American troops are on the move. An ebb tide is carrying them home even as Washington pushes its war on 'terror' to new frontiers.

WATCH: David Wood Talks With Dylan Ratigan About Beyond The Battlefield

Huff TV | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Huff TV

David Wood, senior military correspondent for The Huffington Post, stopped by "The Dylan Ratigan Show" on Tuesday to talk about Beyond the Battlefield...

WATCH: Military Dad Surprises Daughter At Spelling Bee After She Spells 'Sergeant'

Posted 11.21.2011 | Impact

Skylar Johnson received an unforgettable prize for spelling "sergeant" correctly during her Boca Raton Elementary spelling bee, CBS12.com reports. ...