For most Americans, the effects of congressional inactivity trickles down to their daily lives, but generally takes a while to be fully felt. For veterans and military families who count on Congress to maintain the benefits and services they need for daily life, the effects are immediate and potentially devastating.
25 million Americans have served in the U.S. armed forces, and you just need to look online or watch TV to see how advertisers are increasingly pursuing them. However, most companies don't understand the veteran market segment opportunity.
Since September 2011, more than 40,000 veterans have been hired through the Veteran Recruiting virtual career fairs, and more than 600 employers have participated.
By giving back to those who sacrifice time with their loved ones for our country, you can help brighten someone's holidays.
If you're a military veteran who has had dealings with the VA, that word -- "backlog" -- is depressingly familiar.
We must look to these kinds of initiatives to solve our problems. While Washington battles sway one way or another and some things do get done, the pitched fighting and gridlock in Congress simply do not measure up to meeting the practical challenges before us.
As a medical professional and a person who has experienced the effects of TBI through personal injury, it is impossible for me to sit idly by when so many of our returning heroes return with injuries which forever change the very ways they think and process information.
Seeing these numbers on paper only reminds us of the connection veterans share with the outdoors and those in our community who see protecting our natural treasures as a patriotic duty.
We're really good at demanding rights, but we don't seem very interested in taking responsibility for them. Too often self-interest trumps the obligation we share to care for each other and our democracy.
Would I want to put my life at risk again? And would I want others to be in harm's way, knowing that Nixon and his predecessors had lied to us about our role and mission?
If you are one of those who cannot wait until Christmas, whose noble instincts just keep tugging at your heart strings and whose good-deed-o-meter is in the red, here is a another opportunity to get it back in the green zone again.
Focused on honoring our veterans on Veterans Day, earlier this month, we may not even have noticed the unsung heroes and heroines standing directly behind so many of them, just out of view -- the caregiver partners of the severely injured.
This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the men and women who are still serving every day to protect us, and I am forever indebted to those who gave all.
Every dollar we spend on outdated, unnecessary nuclear weapons like the B61 is a dollar not spent on investments to move our country forward and keep our citizens safer. Ohio's 900,000 veterans deserve better.
As our nation's heroes fight to recover, they should not have to face the additional stress resulting from poor lodging and financial burdens. These men and women have served our country in times of war and in peace, from World War II to the present. Now they need our help.
The holidays can be even more isolating for any Veteran carrying visible or invisible wounds. Like looking through the wrong end of a telescope, what's going on around you gets farther and farther away.