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Stop Honoring Rebel Generals

Jamie Malanowski | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Jamie Malanowski

In the build-ups during World Wars I and II, the army had to quickly construct dozens of new forts across the country. Most were named for military heroes, and most of the ones in the south were named for Confederate generals.

The Kandahar Massacre of Sgt. Bales

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 09.07.2013 | Crime
Capt. Trevor Greene

On June 5, Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, pleaded guilty to 16 counts of murder in the massacre of 16 Afghan villagers, mostly children, in March last year. In no way do I condone his heinous act, but in my opinion, when Bales' foot was blown off, his Army career should have been over.

The Vets Challenge Was About Giving Back

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, a big congratulations to all the Teams who participated in the Veterans Charity Challenge over on CrowdRise. As many of you know, I gave $50k to ...

The Army Blocks The Guardian Website

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 08.28.2013 | Media

The Guardian's recent stories about NSA surveillance have been blocked across the entire US Army , the Monterey Herald reported on Thursday night. ...

How Many Afghan Hearts and Minds Do You Win When a School Collapses?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

One (of thousands) example of how we lost the war for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people was our shoddy management of the things we built. We're repeating those same mistakes in Afghanistan, this time with potentially fatal results.

Clothes Make the Man

Doug Bradley | Posted 08.21.2013 | Impact
Doug Bradley

Think about how much $5 billion could buy in education and re-integration and counseling and all the other things our returning soldiers need. Nobody is going to care who looked cooler than whom in Iraq and Afghanistan - or Vietnam for that matter.

Big Improvements in VA Self-service for Disability Claims Processing

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

You can use something like TurboTax to do your own taxes. You get the right records, and use their software to submit an entire package. Veterans Affairs is now deploying something real similar.

U.S. Army To Use Soap Operas In Fight Against Colombian Rebel Group

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 07.28.2014 | Latino Voices

The U.S. Army seems to have a new solution to the half-century long violence propelled by Colombia’s insurgent guerrilla group -- soap operas. Well,...

All Men Must Die

Rek LeCounte | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Rek LeCounte

Growing up in the military, I learned that Veterans Day was meant to celebrate peace and those who returned from service to America and her values of liberty, justice, and honor. As a point of distinction, Memorial Day commemorates sacrifice and loss: the ultimate cost of freedom.

The Yanks Are Coming

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

As we mourn yet more war dead and grievously injured from the last decade of warfare, let's promise ourselves no more. This is a time to heal while defending, to wonder both what we have done and to repair our wounds.

Rape and Winning

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Like suicide, sexual assault is skyrocketing in the military. Why? Could it be that the problem is deeply structural? Could it be that it's related to the domination culture the military embodies.

The Faith To Stand Tall

Guideposts | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion

I never thought quitting was in my DNA. I never thought about giving up. I was strong. I played football at West Point. I was an officer in the U.S. Army. I had a wonderful marriage and two beautiful children. But war can change you. War can turn you inside out.

Social Media in Government Is Way More Advanced Than You Think

Beverly Macy | Posted 06.03.2013 | Technology
Beverly Macy

Did you know that the U.S. Army publishes one of the very best social media handbooks on the planet -- covering everything from "Army Branding" to "Th...

A Death in the Family

David Laufman | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics
David Laufman

We must instill within our society a deeper, sustainable recognition of the true costs of war and the price of service -- and to promote a genuine feeling and broader community of shared sacrifice.

Bipartisan Group Works To Save Key Agency From Looming Cuts

Reuters | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) - As the U.S. government prepares for years of austerity, a bipartisan group of senato...

Our Military Family, Our Reality

Amy Bermudez | Posted 05.14.2013 | Impact
Amy Bermudez

While my husband was deployed, money was no longer tight. Yes, during that year, my husband was being compensated, and rightly so. How much would you expect someone to be paid for giving up things that can't be given back?

Hair Lift!

Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics

Military working dogs play a vital part in the military, from taking part in historic missions like the raid that took out Osama bin Laden, to helping...

Happy 10th Anniversary

Stacy Bare | Posted 05.12.2013 | Impact
Stacy Bare

War is a force that has given me meaning. When I came home, it was war that ultimately forced me back into the mountains and into wilderness. I learned of the joy of an alpine start and a mountain top sunrise.

Chelsea Kiene

Army Threatened With Lawsuit Over 'Sectarian' Prayer | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Staff Sgt. Victoria Gettman is frustrated and disappointed by what she calls a "completely incompetent" response to complaints she filed...

Repealing The Ban Against Sikhs In The Military

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

Sikhs have a rich history of military service across the globe. Meanwhile, U.S. policies still bar turbaned Sikhs from serving in the military.

Small Children Helped by Big General

Peter Samuelson | Posted 03.09.2013 | Impact
Peter Samuelson

And so it was in June of 1995 that Steven Spielberg, General Schwarzkopf and I pressed a big green button on stage at Digital World that turned on Starbright World for kids in hospital beds around the country.

Overweight Soldiers Getting The Boot

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 12.12.2012 | Healthy Living

Growing ranks of the U.S. Army are no longer fighting fit -- they're fighting fat, the Washington Post reports. The military is weeding out overwei...

Vet Returns Wedding Photo To Family Of Man He Killed

Posted 12.07.2012 | Weddings

When soldiers were killed during World War II, it was customary to strip the bodies of their belongings. But it wasn't customary to return those perso...

Join the Army

Jonathan Richards | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


Andrea Stone

Why Bad Generals Don't Get Sacked Anymore | Andrea Stone | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the country chooses a president Tuesday, a timely new book by a veteran military writer makes the case that it is now easier to sack ...