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Military Burn Pits: The New Agent Orange?

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 03.05.2017 | Impact
Mary Anne Mercer

It's no secret that US military operations can be harmful to the environment. US military presence and interventions often leave environmental health problems for both soldiers and the local population.

Here's What The Taliban Wants America To Think About ISIS In Afghanistan

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 02.10.2016 | World

KABUL -- As the United States ramps up its offensive against the Afghanistan branch of the Islamic State, the Taliban -- a self-declared enemy of ISIS...

Operation Love Story: A Service for Those Who Serve

Sandi Vidal | Posted 11.19.2016 | Impact
Sandi Vidal

Larry, a Vietnam era veteran, left the armed forces and he spent 30 years getting high on crack and sleeping in cars, under bridges, behind restaurants and even in the woods. Now, he finally has a roof over his head and his own bed to sleep in.

My Soldier Uniform Fetish

Vanessa de Largie | Posted 11.04.2016 | Women
Vanessa de Largie

I have a confession to make. I have a fetish for men in soldier uniforms. It all started rather innocently. I was watching a movie on SBS when a consenting woman was ravaged by a group of soldiers. As I sat there with my eyes glued to the screen, I could feel my inner thighs becoming increasingly damp.

Lessons in Heroism

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 09.03.2016 | Politics
Edwin Leap, MD

Last month, murder was on the mind of a Moroccan immigrant traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. He boarded his train armed with an AK-47 rifle, a Luger handgun, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a box-cutter.

One for All: The American Soldier Proves Sacrifice Is a Family Issue

Jaime Lubin | Posted 07.22.2016 | Arts
Jaime Lubin

Taurel explores the many faces of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), painting a detailed portrait of the military experience which explains that when trauma strikes one, it affects all.

U.S. Army to Cut 40K Soldiers: Why That's Not a Surprise

Graphiq | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics

For the soldiers who lose their jobs and families dependent on a military income, these cuts are certainly disruptive. Few, if any, military bases will be unaffected by the troop reduction. But the announcement shouldn't come as a surprise.

Thank a Veteran, Everyday

SreyRam Kuy, MD | Posted 07.03.2016 | Impact
SreyRam Kuy, MD

I feel so fortunate and blessed to live in America, and to have the freedoms that we have here. I have the freedom to go to school and to get an education. I can live without fear; without having to look over my shoulder.

Father's Day and America's Veterans

Richard Taite | Posted 06.14.2016 | Impact
Richard Taite

This Father's Day, if you need substance abuse or mental health assistance, ask for it, especially if you are a veteran. Your family needs you and most likely, they love you.

Bravery After Battle: How This Navy SEAL Uses His War Wounds to Help Fellow Soldiers

NationSwell | Posted 06.14.2016 | Impact

A year after he was ambushed by machine-gun fire in Fallujah, Iraq, Lt. Jason Redman was still missing his nose. The bullets that showered his body also hit his cheekbone, leaving the right side of his face caved in.

The Silent Campaign by the US Government to Brand American Soldiers as Criminals

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 06.05.2016 | Politics
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

The violence inflicted on US soldiers is not always confined to a remote battlefield in a distant land from armed insurgents. Only recently has it become known that veteran's are dying right here at home as they await medical care from the VA healthcare system that has shamefully demonstrated the wonton disregard of their well-being.

Russell Wilson Thanks Soldier By Upgrading Him To First Class

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.04.2015 | Sports

Start the "Good Guy Russell Wilson" meme.

An Open Letter to Dr. Ben Carson: Physician, Correct Thyself

J. Randall O'Brien | Posted 04.21.2015 | Media
J. Randall O'Brien

It could happen to any of us, Dr. Carson, and does, doesn't it? We fall headlong into error and embarrass ourselves. My guess is you feel that way about your remarks made in your recent interview with Fox Television Network. You didn't really mean to say that there should be no rules for war, did you?

An Afghan War Vet Adopts the Voice of an Afghan Boy in His Heartbreaking First Novel, Green on Blue

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 04.19.2015 | Home
Elizabeth Nicholas

His is morally fine and commanding writing, a powerful response by an American soldier to his experience in a country where almost any amount of power is overwhelmed by the racket.

Don't Claim to Support the Troops If You Agree With Obama Sending 3,100 Soldiers to Iraq

H. A. Goodman | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

There are numerous reasons why Obama's recent troop increase is not only ill-advised, but greatly disparages the phrase "Support the Troops" only days before Veterans Day.

The U.S. Soldier Who Killed Herself After Refusing to Take Part in Torture

Greg Mitchell | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

I have written about dozens of sad, tragic, individual cases. But one of the saddest of all concerns a young soldier who died eleven years ago last month, appalled when ordered to take part in interrogations that, no doubt, involved what most would call torture.

To The Military Mom I Saw In The Airport -- And All Those Who Sacrifice

Natalie Thomas | Posted 09.01.2014 | Parents
Natalie Thomas

Happy 4th of July to all who celebrate, both home and overseas. Those with their loved ones and those without. Those dreaming about a better tomorrow and those fighting for it.

American Hope

Sue Shanahan | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Sue Shanahan

"Children are hopes" -- Novalis I began work on the above illustration in 1999 through the advice of my then agent. It was all over the news at the t...

After Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam, We Must Never Again Wage Counterinsurgency Wars and Urban Combat

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Armies are meant to fight other armies. Military forces are not designed to combat roadside bombs, civilians with a Kalashnikov, or evade ambushes in ...

A Third to Prison, a Third to War, a Third to College: The Game of Chance with Ambassador Young

Maya Horgan | Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices
Maya Horgan

I see a common theme in the African American community -- a tolerance of the current state. "This system wasn't made for us, that's just how it is," I hear. This mentality permeates through world famous academics, and is widely read in higher education.

Hundreds Of Soldiers Dismissed From Sensitive Positions After Sexual Assault Review

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

The Army has dismissed 588 soldiers from positions including recruiters and sexual assault counselors after they were found to have previously committ...

No Really, CrossFit Helped Me Understand Achilles

Vicky Alvear Shecter | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Vicky Alvear Shecter

The day I completed the "Murph" -- named after Lieutenant Michael Murphy from Patchogue, NY, who died in Afghanistan -- I finally understood the connection. By going deeper into the "being-ness" of physicality, we honored what he had lost. It made a kind of weird sense.

Veterans Day: War and Social Numbness

B.J. Garrison | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
B.J. Garrison

It should go without saying, one would think, that no reasonable human would see fake blood on a football uniform as cool. Simulated war from the safety of our sofa may be fun, but is it wise to glorify it in this way?

The Domestic Enemy

Captain Brandon J. Bettis | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Captain Brandon J. Bettis

While SSG Montgomery's story is not unique, it does paint an all too common picture within the ranks of the US Army. A Soldier commits suicide, and the survivors are left with countless questions. Questions that will probably never get answered.

Reporting for Duty. Again.

Eric Greitens | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Eric Greitens

Five million volunteers. Five million husbands, wives, sons, and daughters. Five million soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who have fought for a dozen years. Next year, the last of these men and women will come home from Afghanistan. What comes next for this generation of veterans? What will their legacy be?