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Thanks to Sports Fans, NFL to Stop Profiteering Off Troops

Ryan Rudominer | Posted 11.24.2015 | Sports
Ryan Rudominer

Few things bring the country together during the year like football and Thanksgiving is no exception. For millions of families, watching football on Thanksgiving is as much a part of the day as turkey, stuffing, or sweet potato pie.

Our Soldiers and the NFL

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 11.19.2015 | Sports
Richard C. Harwood

Paid patriotism is at odds with genuine patriotism. Protecting the authenticity of our patriotism is a duty of citizenship. It should be a duty of our government, too. And shame on sports organizations that seek payment to express their patriotism.

Actor Robert Patrick Hosts Annual USO Gala

Tamar Abrams | Posted 10.21.2015 | Impact
Tamar Abrams

Patrick's devotion to the USO dates back to fond childhood memories of his grandfather who was an Army officer.

Military Backs Keeping U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Beyond 2016

AP | Chloe Angyal | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a potential major shift in policy, U.S. military commanders want to keep at least a few thousand American troops in Afghan...

The Fallen Soldier on My Flight

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 09.11.2015 | Travel
Richard C. Harwood

As my flight from Honolulu to Dallas pulled up to the gate, the flight attendant asked the passengers to remain in their seats. Then he requested all to observe a moment of silence as a U.S. Air Force Sergeant was to fulfill his duties in bringing a fallen soldier home.

U.S. Army to Cut 40K Soldiers: Why That's Not a Surprise

Graphiq | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

For the soldiers who lose their jobs and families dependent on a military income, these cuts are certainly disruptive. Few, if any, military bases will be unaffected by the troop reduction. But the announcement shouldn't come as a surprise.

Betraying the Military (And Democracy) by Loving Indifference

William Astore | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
William Astore

Most Americans lack any clear sense of what the military does; they certainly care less than they should; but what they are willing to do is to "salute" the troops by buying a beer in a red-white-and-blue can or putting a magnetic ribbon on their SUV as an expression of "support."

What the President Should Say to the Troops

William Astore | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
William Astore

We don't need hyperbolic statements that our military is the "finest fighting force" ever, or that our troops are the world's liberators and bringers of freedom. Such words are immoderate and boastful. They're intended to win favor with the troops and with the people back home; they're politically calculated. And in that sense, they're ill-advised and even dishonest -- they're basically nothing more than flattery.

Zach Carter

Republicans Try To Strip Predatory Lending Protections For American Troops, Again | Zach Carter | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are again attacking measures aimed at protecting U.S. troops from predatory lending practices, two weeks after a simil...

U.S. To Leave More Troops In Afghanistan Than First Planned: Report

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics

(Adds U.S. reaction, paragraph 9) By Jessica Donati KABUL, Nov 25 (Reuters) - The United States is preparing to increas...

Somalia: Conundrum of an Activist

Sadia Ali Aden | Posted 01.01.2015 | World
Sadia Ali Aden

In order to genuinely win the hearts and minds of the ordinary citizens, the Somali leadership must not hasten making decisions on their behalf or self-interest by signing any treaty at a disadvantaged position with countries that have more negative record than positive.

Combat Casualties and War Talk

David Wood | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
David Wood

Easy talk about "boots on the ground" grates on the senses. It seems an awfully cavalier way to talk about the American battle dead buried at Arlington and in cemeteries across the country. Of those I have known, in Iraq and Afghanistan and in other conflicts, each one was proud of being "boots on the ground," serving his or her country, proud of what they were accomplishing. Weary, perhaps, but resolute in their determination to see the job done. None, needless to say, wanted to die this way. But they were willing, trusting that the decision to send them was a thoughtful, considered judgment necessary for the good of the country.

The U.S. Soldier Who Killed Herself After Refusing to Take Part in Torture

Greg Mitchell | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

I have written about dozens of sad, tragic, individual cases. But one of the saddest of all concerns a young soldier who died eleven years ago last month, appalled when ordered to take part in interrogations that, no doubt, involved what most would call torture.

War in Afghanistan: Enough Is Enough

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

President Obama is my President, he is the leader of my party, and I voted for him twice. But on the issue of Afghanistan, President Obama is wrong. Dead wrong.

A Tale of Government Contracting at Its Worst

Paul Alexander | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Paul Alexander

A new controversy at the Department of Defense has raised troubling questions about competency, perhaps even national security.

The Millennial Solution - Iraq's Peaceful End

Richard Fowler | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
Richard Fowler

Our generation deserves a meaningful end to a baby-boomer/warmonger created conflict and that end must include rational conversation, not more boots on the ground. The only way to honor the lives of those that have fallen in Iraq is to forge a meaningful peace in the region.

Support Our Troops: A Few Thoughts On Memorial Day

Courtney McKinney | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Courtney McKinney

I support our troops to the core -- as human brothers and sisters of mine (and as a member of a military family). Would you want to send your family members to war? Do you even know what that means? Have you really thought about it?

McChrystal On The Afghanistan War: 'We Made It Harder Than It Needed To Be'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal discussed the war in Afghanistan on HuffPost Live Wednesday. While McChrystal did not call the war a failed effort,...

A President Who Salutes Others

Ken Adelman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Ken Adelman

On the eve of a weekend celebrating President's Day, it's nice to remember a President who didn't celebrate himself, as so many have. A President who saluted others -- especially the men and women in uniform.

Media Omission: Coffman Favors Re-deployment of Advisory Troops in Iraq

Jason Salzman | Posted 03.16.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

On a Denver radio show Friday, Rep. Mike Coffman expressed regret that U.S. troops are not currently in Iraq, and he said that he'd deploy U.S. milita...

Why Do Vets Care About Climate Change?

Jon Soltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jon Soltz

When you think of the kinds of people banding together to fight climate change, the men and women who served America in uniform usually aren't the first ones to come to mind. But nothing could be further from the truth.

In Praise of Ordinary Men Who Became Heroes

Cindi Bigelow | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Cindi Bigelow

The price to preserve freedom is always a costly one, but it offers a lesson that every school child and adult in America should be reminded of again and again. These are lessons of history that can never be forgotten for the sake of those who died

How a Shutdown Affects Troops and Veterans

Jon Soltz | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

We know who will be impacted by a shutdown by Republicans, and we know it will be bad. The degree to which it will be bad is what is up in the air. When it comes to troops and veterans, much of that holds true.

Ted Cruz Threatens Troops, Veterans, and Their Families

Jon Soltz | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

For all the bluster from Senator Ted Cruz about the false reasons to fear Obamacare, the irony is that veterans should fear him and his Tea Party cohorts in the House of Representatives. After all, they're on a course to block troops and veterans from the health care they're owed.

Why Troops Are Against Syria Strikes

Jon Soltz | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Military members, above all, know that use of force -- short of an imminent danger -- is a last resort. And we're not at that point yet.