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20/20 Hindsight: What if Iraq Continues to Unravel?

Shad Meshad | Posted 03.29.2014 | Impact
Shad Meshad


Veterans Deserve Better

Hector Villagra | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Hector Villagra

"Veterans don't deserve special care, benefits or assistance." How many Americans hold this view? How many would vote for a politician who supported it? And yet this is the message that veterans like Greg Valentini hear every day.

Oh, These Gnawing Questions

Fatima Bhojani | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Fatima Bhojani

"What am I going to eat today?" Curtis Lipscomb wakes up with this gnawing question. It's exactly noon on Saturday.

Our Ministry of Planning

Robert Kuttner | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

It wasn't Al Gore who pioneered the Internet. It was DARPA, the military's advanced projects agency. America has a huge trade deficit, but one of the sectors where we're still a world leader is aircraft -- much of whose technological lead was financed by Pentagon purchases. Within the executive branch, one of the recognized leaders on the issue of climate change and sea level rise is, not surprisingly, the Navy. Even during the Bush Administration with its preponderance of deniers in high places, the Navy insisted that climate change was both real and man-made, and devoted resources to it. Why does the Navy care? As I heard one of their climate change leaders quip, "For one thing, our bases tend to be at sea level." In the case of energy policy, what's holding back innovation and domestic production is the absence of assured markets for startups. But in this anti-government, laissez-faire nation, the military gets a safe conduct pass to do something that no other branch of government is ideologically allowed to do -- commit the sin of economic planning.

Lawmakers Request Credit Monitoring For Lawmakers

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers asked the Veterans Affairs Department on Friday to offer credit monitoring to veterans and dependen...

How Veterans Can Improve Their Employability

Sudy Bharadwaj | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business
Sudy Bharadwaj

Military veterans often struggle to find employment after completing their service for a number of cultural and socioeconomic reasons. But keen job search techniques can help veterans to snag a job when transferring back into civilian life.

The Mystifying Misperception

Joseph Graziano | Posted 12.25.2012 | Politics
Joseph Graziano

Our political leaders have been called to step up and honor the promises made to our veterans for over ten years now. And the notion that the American veteran deserves better can -- and by now should -- be a bipartisan issue around which both sides of the aisle rally to action.

Protect the Great Outdoors With the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Mark Starr | Posted 09.12.2012 | Green
Mark Starr

Many veterans, like me, have turned to our parks and public lands as a means of recovery. That is why I am speaking out to protect America's public lands -- it is time to repay what these places have given to me and other veterans.

VA To Add About 1,900 To Mental Health Staff

AP | ERIC TUCKER | Posted 06.19.2012 | Impact

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs said Thursday it was increasing its staff of mental health workers by roughly 1,900, part of an ...

Navy Veteran Uses Own Disability Check To House Homeless Vets

Posted 01.11.2012 | Impact

It's an understatement to say that Navy veteran Shane D'Onofrio would give the shirt off his back for his fellow servicemen. The Rio Rancho, N.M. ...

Honoring Our Heroes

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand | Posted 07.30.2011 | Politics
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

The VA's passive system forces veterans to figure out on their own what benefits they are eligible for. It is outrageous that after all these brave men and women have done for our country that our government allows so many of them to fall through the cracks.

My Family's Fallen -- and Yours -- Deserve More Than Platitudes for Memorial Day

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.28.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

On Monday we'll hear a lot of Memorial Day speeches about honoring our fallen soldiers and their disabled comrades. On Tuesday some of the politicians giving those speeches will try to cut benefits for them and their families.

Censorship: Coast to Coast

Peter Clothier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Peter Clothier

The Republican agenda, it seems to me, is primarily about holding on to power at all costs. If that involves kow-towing to the Catholic church's objection to a museum exhibition, so be it.

Retired Optician Helps Fellow Veterans See For Free

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Frank Montijo, 76, is a Vietnam veteran who help fellow veterans at the see better. During his weekly eight-hour rounds at the Denver Veterans Affai...