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Violent Veterans, the Big Picture

Helen Benedict | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Helen Benedict

Iraq War veterans seem to be killing and hurting themselves and others more than veterans of any other war in American history.

US Denies Russia's Claim That Its Volunteers Fought With Georgia

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOSCOW — The U.S. Embassy has denied Russian investigators' claims that American volunteers fought on Georgia's side in its war against Russia. ...

Coming Home

Darryle Pollack | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darryle Pollack

Since my daughter joined the military community, she has opened my eyes to the military lifestyle, as foreign to me as another planet.

US Soldiers Re-Enlisting Because Of Poor Economy

AP | JOHN MILBURN and STEPHEN MANNING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

FORT RILEY, Kan. — Sgt. Ryan Nyhus spent 14 months patrolling the deadly streets of Baghdad, where five members of his platoon were shot and one...

The Eleventh of the Eleventh of the Eleventh

Tom Cosgrove | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Cosgrove

Today, 90 years after the Allies and Germany signed an armistice to bring an end to WW I, President George W. Bush will preside over his last Veterans...

A Moment to Reflect

Scott Kesterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Kesterson

Some soldiers' opinions I recently wrote about are theirs to have, even though they may be highly unpopular. Being unpopular does not, however, make their opinion any less valid nor criminal.

Re: Scott Kesterson's "The Other Side of Paradise"

Sean Gilfillan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Gilfillan

The one thing that all US Army personnel have in common is their choice to wear the uniform and volunteer to serve the nation, regardless of who is in charge and regardless of if they agree.

The Other Side of Paradise, Part 2

Scott Kesterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Kesterson

Talking about the election, the Staff Sergeant said to me, "If there is anything I take away from this, it is that change is fearful."

The Other Side of Paradise

Scott Kesterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Kesterson

Eastern Afghanistan--In the early hours of the morning, an Army Captain watched as the election results were being reported. He shook his head in disgust. "This is proof that the media can elect a President."

Afghanistan: A Surge in ROE Education is the First Step

Vivian Gembara | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vivian Gembara

The ugly issue of the misconduct of some U.S. troops in a war zone must be addressed before sending more soldiers and Marines into Afghanistan.

Iraq Seeks Security Pact Rewrites, Right To Try American Soldiers

Reuters | Mariam Karouny and Peter Graff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq demanded changes to a draft security pact with the United States Tuesday after it failed to win the support of its political ...

The Loss of Superman

Doon Baqi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doon Baqi

I was an officer in the U.S. Army. I know the rules of engagement. Soldiers respect civilians, for the most part (admittedly there are exceptions).

My Lucky Charm

Neil Burger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Neil Burger

Can a movie about returning soldiers be funny? The Lucky Ones is a road movie that looks at the disconnect between three soldiers on leave and the country they come home to.

Legalized Murder

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

Remember the wars, everyone? I know, it's easy to get distracted with all of this talk about pigs and lipstick, but in Iraq and Afghanistan, the killi...

Deployed to Afghanistan and in need of soap

Bil Browning | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bil Browning

I wanted to be sure HuffPo readers saw my post on The Bilerico Project about the Great Bilerico Soap Drive! One of our readers is a lesbian deployed t...

Quit Hiding Dead Soldiers -- Support H.R. 6662

Ruth Hochberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ruth Hochberger

There is no reason, aside from naked manipulation of public opinion, the "ignorance-is-bliss" theory, to prevent news photographers from documenting the return of flag-draped caskets to the United States.

4 Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

AP | NAHAL TOOSI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

KABUL, Afghanistan — Roadside bombs killed five NATO soldiers and a civilian in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, while a coalition of aid groups w...

Bush Hits Home

Darryle Pollack | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darryle Pollack

My daughter is a military wife. Which makes me a military mother-in-law. Which means that I have a personal interest in Bush's announcement about shorter combat tours.

Senate Republicans Block Troop Funding Bill

America Blog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Wow. Just when you think the GOP Senate obstructionists can't sink any lower, they do. Brandon Friedman at VetsVoice posed the question: "Will Senate...

The Military Is More Liberal Than You Think

Rod Lurie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rod Lurie

Why do so many members of the military who decide on continuing in public service join the Democratic Party?

Pain Management Is for Sissies

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

The Department of Defense "lost" their only pain management center AND one of the few pain management fellowships in the world. The incompetence of the Bush regime knows no bounds.

Reading The Pictures: 4,000 U.S. Combat Deaths, and Just a Handful of Images

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2008-07-28-shaw_727.jpgThe military has been so effective in muting the war, and the war photographer, that many of our best shooters have found themselves turning to the technique of irony.

Sergeant Manzella Comes Out, Is Kicked Out

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

At the very time the Pentagon is actively recruiting to keep its numbers up, soldiers who happen to be openly gay are being treated as though they are convicted felons and unceremoniously booted out.

Death of My Friend's Son in Iraq Finally Sparks Pentagon Probe

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

The Pentagon has just ordered electrical inspections of all buildings in Iraq maintained by KBR, the major military contractor.

War, The Economy And The Death of A Man

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

In the United States, a man who wanted to work could not find enough work to keep him from being homeless. So, he went back to war so he could make enough money to survive. And he died.