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Veterans Day

How We Can Honor Our Vets Every Day

Caroline Cunningham | Posted 01.10.2015 | DC
Caroline Cunningham

Veterans Day is an important time to look for ways we can support these brave men and women in our own communities. It's an opportunity for all of us to remember the sacrifices our fellow citizens have made on our behalf, and to shine a bright light on their needs.

Praise for the American Soldiers Who Saved My Father From a Death Train

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.09.2015 | Impact
Lev Raphael

In early April 1945, my father was packed into a train with 2500 other prisoners from Bergen-Belsen as the Nazis insanely tried to keep British and Am...

7 Things You Absolutely Must Try in a National Park | Posted 01.08.2015 | Travel

President Franklin Roosevelt once said, "There is nothing so American as our national parks.... The fundamental idea behind the that the country belongs to the people." If you have yet to explore "your" parks -- there are 401 of them -- then Veterans Day is just the excuse you need.

7 Simple Ways to Support Veterans and Their Families (and a Huge List of Veterans Day Deals)

Sybil Brun | Posted 01.08.2015 | Impact
Sybil Brun

Offer encouragement and practical help to the families of veterans and active duty military members! By nature, those who have served in the armed forces tend to be selfless individuals and they see supporting their families as supporting themselves.

On Becoming a Veteran

Dr. John Ebersole | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact
Dr. John Ebersole

The road to veteran status is long, narrow, bumpy and filled with unexpected twists and turns. It starts for most with an enlistment of three to four years in one of the armed services.

The Status Quo Is Not Working: Our Returning Vets Deserve Better

Dr. Anthony Hassan | Posted 01.07.2015 | Los Angeles
Dr. Anthony Hassan

Our findings confirm what we had long believed to be the case. Our separating service members are not getting the help and services they need -- and deserve.

Dad, Why Is that Man Wearing a Red Flower?

John McCormick | Posted 01.07.2015 | Parents
John McCormick

It was time for me to tell my son the story behind the little red poppies. I turned off the soccer match and explained to my son why the poppy has long been associated with the Armistice and honoring veterans.

Remembering Our Veterans More Than Just One Day a Year

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact
Robert J. Szczerba

Hiring a wounded warrior can be one of smartest business decisions a company can make. A veteran's commitment to getting the job done and his or her discipline in the workforce is unsurpassed.

"Why Do I Serve? Because When You Become a Marine, It's a Lifetime Decision

Rich Polt | Posted 11.06.2014 | Miami
Rich Polt

If you've ever read my posts on Huffington Post Impact, you know I like to tell stories about inspiring individuals who are driven by a sense of pur...

The American Public and Attitudes Toward Veterans

Paul Herrnson | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Paul Herrnson

Though the country has long been united in the belief that former soldiers deserve respect and honor, the question of what exactly the government owes its veterans -- and whether it is fulfilling those obligations -- has been more controversial.

Study: Americans View Vets As Unstable Big, Strong Heroes

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact

Americans are pretty confused about their feelings on veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many view these vets as at once mentally u...

Helping Students Honor Our Veterans

Nancy Barile | Posted 01.06.2015 | Education
Nancy Barile

I want to help my students connect with this history and find relevance in the literature they study. I also hope to teach my students what it means to look beyond self-interest by being brave, frugal, and loyal.

"Why Do I Serve? Because Serving My Country Is Part of Serving Humanity"

Rich Polt | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Rich Polt

Indeed, Jeff's time abroad was rife with new experiences, but it also buttressed many of the values that he already held dear.

"Why Do I Serve? Because This is My Home and These are My People."

Rich Polt | Posted 01.06.2015 | DC
Rich Polt

Marine Corps veteran Tina Thomas is 34-years-old, but she'll be the first to say that she looks young for her age. Tina's youthful countenance, combined with her positive disposition and high energy are infectious.

Making Our Veterans Visible

Elan Barnehama | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Elan Barnehama

What happens to the men and women in uniform is all of our responsibility. They go where they are asked (told really), sent by leaders we elect and funded by dollars we contribute. Even if we are wary of their missions, we must never avoid them.

Pin-Ups for Vets Documentary Models Glam It Up While Raising Funds for Their Fellow Veterans

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 01.05.2015 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

Veterans Day is a time to remember the past as well as the ongoing courage and sacrifice of our enlisted men and women. It's also a time to pitch in and help. An inspired woman, lovely Gina Elise, and her team are releasing a documentary, Pin-Ups for Vets, that honors them all.

While Remembrance Is Important, the Act of Remembering Is Insufficient

Bishop James Magness | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion
Bishop James Magness

While remembrance is important, the act of remembering is insufficient. We have among us a significant number of combat veterans, many of whom have invisible though enduring wounds, which must be recognized and healed.

A Reflection on Veterans Day

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Originally known as "Armistice Day," November 11 was chosen to annually memorialize the cessation of hostilities between the Allied powers and Germany ending World War I, which was then regarded as "the war to end all wars."

What Business Leaders Can Learn From The Marines

Julia Neumer | Posted 01.04.2015 | Business
Julia Neumer

With Veterans Day approaching, it's the perfect time not just to celebrate and honor our U.S. Armed Forces, but also to consider how their example might apply to our daily lives -- including how we conduct ourselves in business.

Let's Make Sure All Schools Celebrate Veterans Day!

Ron Avi Astor | Posted 01.03.2015 | Education
Ron Avi Astor

We can, and should, create schools that are welcoming and supportive of the children who must frequently adapt to new schools, new peer groups and have one or both parents deployed around the globe.

Retired VA Employee Shows Pride for New Disabled Veterans Memorial

Major Miguel Reece (Retired) | Posted 12.23.2014 | Books
Major Miguel Reece (Retired)

I am a veteran with more than 30 years of service both as an enlisted servicemember and as an officer. I served in Vietnam and the Middle East, in ad...

The Power of Digital Video to Help Our Veterans Heal: Project Greenlight's "The Present Trauma"

Ben Patton | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Ben Patton

I recently saw "The Present Trauma," an intense short film that depicts the struggles of a young combat veteran coping with the loss of a battle buddy...

A People's Holiday of the United States

John K. Herr | Posted 12.15.2014 | Comedy
John K. Herr

President Obama today thanked the American people for "standing up to oppression" by protesting the Columbus Day holiday. He vowed to take aggressive action to "right the wrongs of our current outmoded holiday calendar" as we "embark on a new era of fairness and equality."

IVP's Censored on Final Approach at The Judson Gym

Sandra Kwesi Cameron | Posted 10.25.2014 | Impact
Sandra Kwesi Cameron

IVP's ensemble cast does an admirable job of dramatically bringing to life the passion for flying of these women and the challenges of sexism (both in the military and at home) and being first in their field.

When It Comes to America's Veterans' Crisis, "Thank You For Your Service" Is Not Enough

Rep. Jim McDermott | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Rep. Jim McDermott

Many veterans are desperate to talk about their experiences with fellow Americans who accept shared responsibility for what is done in war, particularly the killing. Yet these conversations rarely happen today.