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'Conscience Protections': A License to Bully

Tom Carpenter | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

The same conservative groups who opposed the repeal of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell law, are pushing this amendment. They want to turn back the clock to a time when they could, with impunity, attack LGBT service members who were forced to serve in silence.

Women in Combat: One More Time

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.31.2013 | Women
Dorian de Wind

I respect the patriotism and mettle of those women who want to serve their country on an equal basis as their male counterparts and I must -- albeit ambivalently -- agree that those women able and willing to serve in combat roles should be allowed to do so.

Military Suicides, Stigma and the Elephant in the Room

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 09.15.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

The epidemic of military and veteran suicides requires action on multiple levels. But our strongest ally in this fight is hidden in plain sight -- the most powerful motivator for service members and veterans -- their love for, and the love of, their buddies. We need to mobilize it immediately.

Bounce

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 03.04.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

Human beings seem infinitely adaptable. But there is no silver bullet, no quick fix potion that will make a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine invulnerable to five, six or more tours of duty in today's war zone and the separations from loved ones.

In Ending DADT, America Comes Out of the Closet

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

If there's one lesson we should have learned in the debate over gay service, it's that "don't ask, don't tell" was never about military effectiveness. It was a moral and political abuse of power, propped up by a ban on speaking truth to that power.

Gay Troops and the Trouble With Polls

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

Only when it comes to the equal treatment of gays and lesbians does our country see fit to dole out rights to an oppressed minority by asking permission of the oppressing majority.