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Veteran's Day 2013

Veterans and PTSD

Marcus Landsberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Marcus Landsberg

When we find ourselves saying, "uh-oh, he must be dangerous, he's ex-military," let's catch ourselves and realize that if the veteran is dangerous, he is dangerous for us, not against us.

On Veterans Day, Photos From A 'Forgotten War'

Posted 11.11.2013 | World

Sandwiched between World War II and the Vietnam War, the Korean War at times goes overlooked in discussions of the 20th century's massive global confl...

Veterans Day for New Americans

William J. vanden Heuvel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William J. vanden Heuvel

We are all here because America is the land where we believe, as the Founding Fathers wrote, that "we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights and among those rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." That is the definition of America that each generation is challenged to understand, to advance, to make real.

To Honor Veterans, Help Those Fighting the Invisible War

Christine Pelosi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

We have the power this Veterans Day to use more than words but deeds to honor veterans. Our time of service begins with acknowledging that far too many service members past and present are fighting an invisible war from PTSD and military sexual assault.

Original 'Rosie The Riveter' Gets A Call From Joe Biden

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

We know that Vice President Joe Biden is keen on making memorable phone calls to mark important milestones, and this Veterans Day was no exception. ...

Honoring Our Veterans

Richard H. Carmona, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard H. Carmona, M.D.

They put on their country's uniform to protect the principles of liberty on which our country was founded; brave men and women who put their lives in the face of danger to protect our freedom. They're heroes.

Bringing Home to the Soldier

Colleen Morton Busch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Colleen Morton Busch

A soldier preparing to deploy trains intensely. Coming home is a different story. Veterans who've spent months, perhaps years, bonded to their peers by a shared mission often return to find themselves alienated from their loved ones and their homeland and longing for the camaraderie and urgency of deployment.

Armistice Day: The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

Sandi Bachom | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Sandi Bachom

My grandmother, Catherine Mackenzie McCrae Higgins, was born in Canada. She said, "aboat" and, "eh?", put two syllables in "film" and invariably told the same story every year, that her cousin, Lt Col John McCrae wrote a poem in WWI called, "In Flanders Fields."

Veterans Day: I Remember

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

Because of their war-incurred illnesses, injuries -- both physical and mental -- and many other consequences of our wars and conflicts, for many vet...

WWII Veteran Dies Alone.. Hundreds Of Strangers Turn Up To His Funeral

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 11.11.2013 | Good News

Harold Jellicoe Percival, a Royal Air Force veteran who served during World War II, died in a nursing home on Oct. 25. The 99-year-old had no survivin...

What Military Rations Taste Like, According to an Active Serviceman.

Thrillist | Posted 11.11.2013 | Taste
Thrillist

(It's Not Pretty.)

Veterans Day, 95 Years On

Adam Hochschild | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Adam Hochschild

As the years have passed, one point that has come to symbolize the illusions, the destructiveness, the hubris, the needless deaths of the entire war -- and of other wars since then -- has been the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

How to Really Support the Troops: Stop the Politics of Dysfunction

Sergeant First Class Vincent Staub | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sergeant First Class Vincent Staub

So to the members of the U.S. Senate, I say: if you want to really support the troops this Veterans Day weekend, turn off the destructive partisanship and come together to do what is best for veterans and military families.

Veterans Deserve Far More Than a Holiday

Steven Fulop | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Steven Fulop

Today is Veteran's Day, an often overlooked holiday honoring American military veterans. Unfortunately, the relative obscurity of the holiday is a metaphor for the reduced support by our government for the millions of veterans who have served our country.

Oldest Living Veteran Cites Whiskey, Cigars As Key To Longevity

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

Richard Overton, who at 107-years-old is America's oldest living veteran on record, was honored last week at a Veterans Day ceremony in Austin, Texas....

David Wood

Veterans Find New Resources -- At Home

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact

WASHINGTON -- After decades of often frustrating reliance on the massive Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans are increasingly turning homeward. ...

What Veterans And Their Families Can Teach America About Keeping Calm And Carrying On

Vivian Greentree | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Vivian Greentree

Between the uncertainties, the separation from family and friends, and the very real threat of imminent danger, the day-to-day challenges facing military servicemembers and their families are unparalleled. And yet, despite the stress levels, men and women continue to volunteer to serve; a decision that is usually supported by their families. Are they like superheroes, preternaturally disposed to keep calm and carry on? Or do they know some tricks and secrets to cope with the constant anxiety and the high-stress situations?

Our Responsibility to Veterans

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

How can you really know how your coworker's or neighbor's transition home is going if you don't ask? It doesn't take much to start a conversation that could lead to a friendship that might change your life -- a relationship that could be of tremendous value to someone who has sacrificed so much for all of us.

On Veterans Day, Please Don't Tell Me 'Thank You'

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

I still witness those thank yous being given to vets and service members who actually do deserve them. But they're still shouts across a canyon that isn't getting any smaller. The civilian-military divide is still as large as it ever was.

For Veterans, Veterans Day is Every Day of the Year

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

For most of us, Veterans Day is another day to celebrate and honor an occasion or event -- in this case a very special group of people. For our vete...

Successful Veterans Reintegration Starts With Holistic Services and Jobs

Jim Gibbons | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

Though Veterans Day comes just once a year, we should remember to thank and support our veterans all year long. At Goodwill, we encourage you to let the veterans in your life know that we stand ready to help them address their career needs.

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?

They Didn't Know What They Were Getting Into

Ann Jones | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Ann Jones

As I followed the sad trail of damaged veterans to write my new book, I came to see how much they and their families have suffered, like Afghans, from the delusions of this nation's leaders, more powerful and less accountable than themselves.

WATCH: New Zealand Haka For Fallen Soldiers Accomplishes What Words Can't

Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics

As Veterans Day approaches and the country prepares to honor our servicemembers and their sacrifices, it seems almost impossible to honor our veterans...

Veterans Day: A Look at Military Tax Benefits

Mark Steber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Money
Mark Steber

There is no more noble a contribution to society than participation in the service of the defense, perpetuation and safety of this country. The tax benefits that are in the law are yours and you have earned them. It is the least the country can do to thank you for your service.