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Vets With PTSD Should Be Exempt From Death Penalty, Legal Experts Say

The Atlantic | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact

On January 12, 1998, Andrew Brannan was driving his truck at 98 miles an hour on a country road near his Dublin, Georgia, home when he was pulled over...

Tet -- 1968

Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.) | Posted 03.31.2015 | Books
Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.)

For those of us who survived the battle for Hue City, this time of year holds a special meaning beyond the end of the first month of a new year. When we turn the page on our calendars from the end of January to the beginning of February, we do it with a shiver that has nothing to do with winter weather.

Sweeping Military Pay and Benefit Changes Coming

Jeremy Hilton | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Jeremy Hilton

Senator Graham's question is about to be pondered in a way that has not happened since the draft ended 42 years ago. This will be a game changing debate.

Letters of Sacrifice

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.25.2015 | Arts
Dorian de Wind

"Letters of Sacrifice" is Hassin's tribute to those who have fought and died for our country in all wars, but represents those who have fallen since that infamous September day almost 14 years ago.

Boosting India-U.S. Ties: A Regional Imperative?

Samarth Pathak | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
Samarth Pathak

In the backdrop of U.S. President Barack Obama's historic visit to India, Samarth Pathak gets you fresh perspectives on bilateral ties in a candid interaction with three of India's leading strategic thinkers.

The Devil's Due

Babette Maxwell | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Babette Maxwell

When I talk about the quotient left out of a fancy math algorithm that determines national affordability for a nation at war, the things they don't account for are the payments still due on that tab.

The Golden Age of Black Ops

Nick Turse | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

Despite its massive scale and scope, this secret global war across much of the planet is unknown to most Americans. Unlike the December debacle in Yemen, the vast majority of special ops missions remain completely in the shadows, hidden from external oversight or press scrutiny.

U.S. To Deploy 400 Troops To Help Fight ISIS

The Huffington Post | Jade Walker | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

The U.S. will deploy about 400 troops this spring to help train moderate opposition rebels to defeat Islamic State militants, Reuters reported. The...

America Is Open for Business in Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

You can't have victory if you have no idea where the finish line is. But there is one bright side to the situation. If you can't create Victory in Iraq for future VI Day parades, you can at least make a profit from the disintegrating situation there.

National Defense

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

So how do we reconnect the American people to their defenders? The Fallows article includes a tribute by Joseph Epstein to the military draft, but Fallows does not recommend one. It would never fly politically.

David Wood

When Giving Up 'Wounded Warrior' Status Helps Vets Heal | David Wood | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

The 52,300 Americans wounded during the Iraq and Afghan wars are almost all home now. And while some are fully recovered, others will bear physical an...

Letter to a Young Army Ranger (From an Old One)

Rory Fanning | Posted 03.15.2015 | Politics
Rory Fanning

When I signed up for the military, I was hoping to make a better world. Instead I helped make it more dangerous. I wanted to do right by my family and my country. Looking back, it's clear enough to me that my lack of knowledge about the actual mission we were undertaking betrayed me -- and you and us.

The Army Chaplain Who Came Back From War And Lost His Faith

NPR | John Burnett | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion

David Peters' life was supposed to be one continuous arc of piety and service. But for the U.S. Army chaplain, it's ended up a more circuitous rout...

You're Either With Free Speech, or Against It?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.13.2015 | Media
Dorian de Wind

Some feel that Charlie Hebdo -- by poking fun at and ridiculing cultures, religions and religious figures -- crossed the line, created prejudices, perhaps even incited hatred and violence. This time, I find myself squarely defending Charlie Hebdo's freedom of expression.

Is the 22-Veterans-Per-Day Suicide Rate Reliable?

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 03.07.2015 | Politics
Dustin DeMoss

While the situation is admittedly quite grim, with record numbers of veterans committing suicide at an ever-increasing rate, the issue is most likely even more ominous than it first appears.

Afghan President: U.S. Should 'Re-Examine' Pullout Deadline

Reuters | Peter Cooney | Posted 01.04.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that the United States might want to "re-examine"...

The Ebola Fighters 'TIME' Forgot

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.06.2015 | Media
Dorian de Wind

While I praise and appreciate TIME's selection of the "Ebola Fighters" as their "Person of the Year," and although TIME briefly mentions "the promise of U.S. troops to build treatment units," this author is at a loss as to why our military men and women were not explicitly included in TIME's Person of the Year.


Washington Post | Posted 01.02.2015 | Politics

In Iraq’s western Anbar province, more than 300 U.S. troops are posted at a base in the thick of a pitched battle between Iraqi forces, backed by tr...

How Do Fighter Pilots Earn Their Nicknames and Call Signs?

Quora | Posted 02.25.2015 | Weird News

If it sounds cool, it's a secondary effect. There are some really cool ways to earn them, though. The main way is usually via your name and if there's a way to make it sexually suggestive, it usually happens (up until about 10 years ago).

The Army Rarely Takes Desertion Cases To Court

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army has prosecuted about 1,900 cases of desertion since 2001, despite tens of thousands of soldiers fleeing the service ...

Tragedy or Pittance?

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Freeman

There is currently legislation in the Senate, known as the Clay Hunt SAV Act named for a Veteran lost to suicide. The cost is minimal, a drop in the bucket compared to the $1.1 trillion spending bill recently passed. But it's currently being held up by one man.

The Toughest Job in America is Being Unemployed

Kevin O'Brien | Posted 02.12.2015 | Impact
Kevin O'Brien

Ask anyone who has been out of work for an extended period of time, and you will surely hear that being unemployed is far more difficult than what their last job actually demanded of them.

'Hero Of The Year' Reunites Soldiers With Stray Dogs They Befriended Overseas

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact

Pen Farthing believes war creates strong bonds between those who experience it together -- but they don't both have to be human. On Sunday, CNN re...

Military BRATS = Bright. Resilient. Active. Talented. Successful.

BJ Gallagher | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
BJ Gallagher

I may not have been able to speak up when I was a child and people tried to change my name, but I'm not a little girl anymore. I can speak up now. I am not anybody's "little CHAMP." I am a military BRAT... and proud of it.

Climate Change This Week: Lightning Increasing, Solar Cloth, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.24.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Stephen Colbert takes the Polar Plunge here, highlighting the dim lights who don't ...