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The Surprising History of Memorial Day

Joel Peterson | Posted 05.27.2016 | Impact
Joel Peterson

I had the humble honor of serving in our military. But my service was a privilege, not a sacrifice. But I had friends with whom I served who made the ultimate sacrifice. To them and their fallen brothers and sisters I am forever grateful.

Yellow Ribbons United, TAPS Bring Together NFL Players for Kids of Fallen Service Members

Karen Hart | Posted 05.27.2016 | Impact
Karen Hart

Hosted in partnership with TAPS and their Good Grief Camp, Playfield brings together members of the Washington Redskins, the Washington Nationals, Washington Wizards, DC United and a litany of corporations and local businesses to give these youngest heroes a day of fun and an opportunity to be with other kids who are coping with the loss of a loved one.

'Tis the Season: Inspired Gifts for Every Yogi in Your Life

Amy K. Mitchell | Posted 12.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Amy K. Mitchell

It doesn't matter how old you are, who doesn't love getting a stocking filled with little presents? These are sure to please, so don't stop at just one gift -- grab a stocking and fill it up!

"Russia with Love": Alaska Gas Scandal is Out-of-Country, Not Out-of-State

Steve Horn | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog A legal controversy — critics would say scandal — has erupted in Alaska's statehouse over the future of its natural ...

Finding Hope Amid Devastating Loss: A Military Widow Who Lost Her Marine to Suicide Shares Her Story

Kim Ruocco | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Kim Ruocco

While most military deaths are traumatic and violent in nature, suicide poses special issues that the parents, spouses, children, siblings and other family members must grapple with. It's extremely important that we get these families into bereavement care and support following a death.

Keystone XL Scandal: Obama Attorney's Law Firm Represents TransCanada's Pipeline in Alaska

Steve Horn | Posted 09.15.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

A DeSmogBlog investigation reveals that Robert Bauer, former White House Counsel and President Barack Obama's personal attorney, works at the corporate law firm Perkins Coie LLP, which does legal work for TransCanada's South Central LNG Project, formerly known as Alaska Gas Pipeline Project.

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Surprising Decline Of A Military Funeral Tradition | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 05.27.2013 | Religion

The ceremony itself was no more than 20 minutes long and took place nearly six years ago, but Ami Neiberger-Miller remembers it as if it happened yest...

Wish Of A Lifetime: Making A Veteran's Dreams Come True

Jeremy Bloom | Posted 07.27.2013 | Fifty
Jeremy Bloom

Every year since 1868, Americans celebrate Memorial Day by remembering and honoring the courageous men and women who have given their lives on the battlefield in defense of our country.

Celebrating Memorial (Decoration) Day

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.25.2013 | Good News
William B. Bradshaw

I wish the entire United States could have a Memorial Day celebration similar to the ones of old, when we forgot our problems, our differences that separate us, and just enjoyed each other's company. Is that too much to wish for?

Memorial Daze

Doug Bradley | Posted 07.22.2013 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

Setting out to honor the memory of Steve Warner, our Vietnam unit's lone fallen comrade, on Memorial Day in 1971 proved to be a lot harder than it should have been.

Suicide Spreading Like 'Disease' Among MIlitary Families | Posted 01.28.2013 | Impact

Before Army Spc. Andrew Velez left Texas for the final time, he asked his fragile sister to write him a promise – a vow he could carry with him to A...

Supporting Grieving Military Children: What We All Need to Know

Bonnie Carroll | Posted 01.15.2013 | Impact
Bonnie Carroll

November 15 is National Children's Grief Awareness Day. At the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, we take today to recognize the special challenges that military children face after losing a parent, and the strengths they carry that can help them cope with loss too.

'Ghost Hunters' Capture 'Holy Grail' Of Evidence

Posted 10.18.2012 | TV

Heading to the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Illinois, the team had some confidence that they would find something on "Ghost Hunters." The sighting...

'Ghost Hunters': Lots Of Encounters At The Magnolia Plantation

Posted 10.11.2012 | TV

The TAPS team headed to the Magnolia Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina on the latest installment of "Ghost Hunters." It was one of two haunted ...

'Ghost Hunters': Team Records Chilling Scream At Former Jewish Refugee Camp

Posted 10.04.2012 | TV

Fort Ontario in New York was the destination for the TAPS team on "Ghost Hunters." The fort was a shelter for WWII Jewish refugees, but before that it...

'Ghost Hunters': Three-Year Old Grabbed By Ghost In Her Room

Posted 09.13.2012 | TV

The "Ghost Hunters" headed to North Carolina to help a young child who was experiencing spiritual manifestations in her room. According to her mother,...

Military Suicide, Emotional Anguish and Healing

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 09.19.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

We need to our veterans and their families as whole people. We must stop, look and listen (and really see and hear) them, in order to find a way out of our linear, silver-bullet, quick-fix blinders.

A Chaplain's Advice On How To Be There For Our Troops

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 08.14.2012 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Unless you have a family member who is in the service, or live in a community near a base, it is all too easy to ignore the human cost and trauma of war.

Best/Worst Brands of the Week: Gotye, Taps, Billy Squier, and the Side Ponytail

Alona Elkayam | Posted 07.29.2012 | Style
Alona Elkayam

Who has Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” on an infinite loop? OK, I do. There is something very (The) Outfield about this song. No, no, it...

'Ghost Hunters': Grant Wilson's Finale Investigation

Posted 05.17.2012 | TV

Grant Wilson closed the chapter on his time with "Ghost Hunters" (Wed., 9 p.m. ET on Syfy) by investigating the inn he owns with fellow TAPS founder J...

'Ghost Hunters' Catch A Princess' Scream

Posted 05.10.2012 | TV

One week before Grant Wilson's final hunt, the "Ghost Hunters" (Wed., 9 p.m. ET on Syfy) headed back to Mount Washington Resort, where they had previo...

'Ghost Hunters' Search For Spirits In A Brewery

Posted 04.26.2012 | TV

The "Ghost Hunters" (Wed., 9 p.m. ET on Syfy) headed to Mount Joy, Pennsylvania to investigate suspected paranormal activity at a brewery. Staff at...

Finding Life After Military Family Member's Death

Bonnie Carroll | Posted 06.17.2012 | Impact
Bonnie Carroll

It starts with a knock at the door. Two uniformed officers are standing outside, and they ask to come in. Before they speak, the family knows what wil...

Is Patriotism Dead in America?

Christian Rovsek | Posted 12.21.2011 | Impact
Christian Rovsek

At the beginning of this summer, our non-profit organization undertook a major campaign called the Crossing of America. Two Jeeps drove from sea to sea, border to border, covering over 12,500 miles.

ESPN's Erin Andrews Helping Small Charity Score Big With Fan Support

S.Z. Berg | Posted 11.13.2011 | Impact
S.Z. Berg

After an exciting game between Notre Dame and Michigan, ESPN Sportscaster Erin Andrews got on a plane and headed to New York City where she spent the ...