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Here Are All the Active U.S. Troops Abroad

FindTheBest | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
FindTheBest

The Middle East tends to be the first answer that comes to mind when we think of where the U.S. sends its young men and women who enlist. However by the end of 2014, only one middle eastern country made the cut for top five countries with active U.S. military personnel.

Modernizing Combat Medical Training to Provide American Troops With the Best Care Possible

Sen. Ron Wyden | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Sen. Ron Wyden

Every year, the Department of Defense burns, maims, and kills more than 8,500 goats and pigs teaching combat medicine and training trauma medics. It should go without saying these animals differ from humans on many essential anatomical levels. These differences lead to sub-par training.

The Power of $20: One Year Later an 8-Year-Old Boy's Gift Continues to Inspire Millions

Neil Willenson | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Neil Willenson

Finding a $20 bill on a sidewalk or tucked into a coat pocket is an unexpected cause for celebration. But for 8-year-old Myles Eckert it was an opportunity to touch lives.

How Breakfast Can Impact Our Future

Mark Hertling | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Mark Hertling

Most people don’t start a long road trip without putting gas in the car. Yet, millions of parents send their children off every morning without ensu...

Why Failure Doesn't Daunt the National Security State

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In Africa, when the U.S. military first started moving onto the continent in a significant way, there were almost no Islamic terror organizations outside of Somalia. Now, with AFRICOM fully invested and operational across the continent, count 'em.

Military Missions Reach Record Levels After U.S. Inks Deal to Remain in Africa for Decades

Nick Turse | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

In recent years, the U.S. has been involved in a variety of multinational interventions in Africa, including one in Libya that involved both a secret war and a conventional campaign of missiles and air strikes, assistance to French forces, and the training and funding of African proxies.

Why Army Chaplains Need Training To Help Suicidal Soldiers

USA Today | Gregg Zoroya | Posted 04.13.2015 | Religion

Chaplains who are part of the Army’s first line of defense against suicide say they need more training in how to prevent soldiers from killing thems...

Saluting Muslim American Patriots

Craig Considine | Posted 04.10.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

The Muslim Americans who have served in the U.S. military are an important reminder that Americans are not bound by religion, but by values that extend beyond their ethnic and racial backgrounds.

Navy Seal, Shot 27 Times In Iraq, Raises More Than $83,000 (And Counting) For Wounded Vets

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact

Mike Day doesn't need a battlefield to be a hero. After surviving 27 gun shots from a single incident in Iraq, the retired Navy SEAL Sr. Chief brou...

Yemen Betrays US Military Decline in a Chaotic Middle East

David Oualaalou | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

The United States must be very careful how it formulates foreign policy involving not only these two countries but also the greater Middle East. This region is a powder keg and is no place for reckless, chest-thumping American politicians on the left and right to be tossing politically lit matches.

Quadruple Amputee Veteran To Build Fully Accessible Retreat Home For Wounded Vets

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.02.2015 | Impact

Travis Mills is at it again. The retired staff sergeant and quadruple amputee announced last week that his organization -- the Travis Mills Foundat...

A Young Pear Tree Brings Comfort to Grieving Children

Neil Willenson | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Neil Willenson

While this small tree will not singularly take grieving children from a place of sadness to healing, I do believe that it serves a reminder to the children that brighter days are ahead.

Protect Our Troops

Robert Slayton | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Simply put, the A-10 is the best plane ever designed to support troops in combat. By any nation, anytime. The U.S. Air Force is trying for the second year in a row to get rid of it; there are holes in their arguments.

Veteran Unemployment Falls To 7-Year Low

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.27.2015 | Impact

More and more Americans who've served in the armed forces are going back to work. The veteran unemployment rate dropped to 5.3 percent last year -...

Will Myanmar's Military Reform?

Stanley Weiss | Posted 03.26.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

Does the country's future lie with Min Aung Hlaing or with Than Shwe? It's a question Myanmar will have to sort out for itself--but, in the meantime, the U.S. could be doing much more to tip the scales towards reform.

After American Sniper: Reimaging Returning Home

Zachary Moon | Posted 03.25.2015 | Religion
Zachary Moon

When we see people as heroes, we don't leave enough space for them to struggle as all people do at times in their lives. When we see people as head-cases, we don't leave enough space for them to demonstrate their strengths, courage, and creativity.

A Nuclear Weapon Is Detonated Nearby... What Are Passenger Planes Supposed To Do?

Quora | Posted 03.20.2015 | Weird News
Quora

What would I do in this circumstance? Cruising along at 34,000', checking the weather in Los Angeles, sipping on a club soda, and on the horizon, a new sun grows out of the desert, all the nearby air and dust fleeing before it? Easy. I'd freak -- the hell -- out.

Thanking the U.S. Military for Screwing Up Royally

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The present thank-yous reflect a new reality: Americans now feel as if the military isn't theirs, has nothing to do with them, and is no part of their lives. It's someone else's dinner party (or nightmare, if you prefer).

Stamps of Honor

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.13.2015 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

I have always admired and been impressed by the number, variety and appropriateness of postage stamps issued by the United States Postal Service in honor and in support of our military and veterans and I am somewhat regretful that this area of philately did not become my niche.

The Six Most Important Financial Tips for Young Military Families

Michael J. Meese | Posted 03.11.2015 | Money
Michael J. Meese

The earlier in your career that you implement these tips, the sooner you'll achieve financial stability and the stronger your personal finances will be able to grow throughout your life.

The Pentagon, Up Close and Personal

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The Pentagon has become a fixture, a given, of our American world, as around it has grown up what, since President Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address of 1961, has been known as the military-industrial complex.

Uncle Pentagon

Frida Berrigan | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Frida Berrigan

In many ways, I grew up at the Pentagon. Our family never sat for a formal portrait. We didn't take snapshots at parties or picnics or on vacation. But what we do have is photo albums stuffed with pictures taken at the Pentagon as we protested there year after year after year.

What Happens When a Fighter Pilot Has Diarrhea in the Cockpit?

Quora | Posted 03.04.2015 | Weird News
Quora

HOLY S--T! Sorry for the outburst, but this is the pilot's greatest fear. Even beyond enemy aces, missile batteries, or parachuting into a sea of sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!

Flower Power: National Security, Civil Rights, and the Washington Florist

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 04.26.2015 | Religion
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

At first glance, one can be forgiven for thinking that a floral arrangement for a gay wedding doesn't carry much significance for the essential national security of the United States of America.

Defeating ISIS Without American Ground Forces

John B. Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
John B. Alexander, Ph.D.

While ISIS can, and must, be defeated as soon as possible, it is wrong to suggest that America should lead the fight. In fact, it must be done without further U.S. ground units as even the threat of intervention by American troops plays directly into the enemy's strategy.