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A Day to Remember

Barbi Appelquist | Posted 05.22.2015 | Los Angeles
Barbi Appelquist

This weekend is the official start of summer in the United States. Memorial Day Weekend 2015 sale email blasts fill up my personal email inbox. My twitter feed includes links to avoid lines at the airport and the gas stations as America plans to travel for the long holiday weekend.

Destroying What Remains

Dahr Jamail | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Dahr Jamail

A dozen years after I left my home state and landed in Baghdad to begin life as a journalist and nine years after definitively abandoning Alaska, I find myself back. This time, unfortunately, it's because I seem increasingly incapable of escaping the long and destructive reach of the U.S. military.

On Memorial Day, 10 Tips To Help Children Who Have Lost A Loved One

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Whatever the age of your child, there are many ways that children of all ages can remember the love and celebrate the lives of loved ones on Memorial Day weekend and every day.

I Can't Imagine -- A Memorial Day Tribute

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
Barbara Jacoby

I love my country and everything for which it stands. I am so very grateful to have been born here into the greatest democracy in the world. I appreciate the freedoms that I have that allow me to be who and what I am and to believe whatever I choose.

The Marriage of War and Disney

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The idea that we were now in an eternal "wartime" became part of the post-9/11 atmosphere. At the same time, George W. Bush famously called on Americans to act as if everything were normal -- to spend, vacation, and visit Disney World.

Texas Paranoia

Jonathan Richards | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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Assassination, American-Style

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

No one can claim that plotting assassination is new to Washington or that, in the past, American leaders and the CIA didn't aim high. The difference was that, in those days, the idea of assassinating a foreign leader, or anyone abroad, had a certain element of the taboo attached to it.

Redneck Infantry Men for Hillary

Hal Donahue | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Hal Donahue

When no one is listening or watching, what do you do? Hillary cares, and she corrects problems even when people do not see it. This is the real Hillary that I support. Many members of Congress and the Senate pay only lip service toward assisting the troops and veterans. Hillary cares for the troops and their families and has proven it.

GOP Budget Subsidizes Military Industrialization on the Frontier of Climate Change

Heather Gautney | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Apparently unimportant to the House Majority is the potentially devastating impact of their budget resolution on everyday people -- the $4.5 trillion in cuts to domestic spending on which many Americans deeply depend, including food stamp programs, Pell Grants, Head Start, and Medicaid.

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 05.24.2015 | 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.