While I love our country, I'm sad my children and grandchildren won't have the same opportunities their ancestors had to succeed in America.
Veterans and patriotism are almost interchangeable, but peeling away the veneer reveals the conflicted relationship America has with its vets.
The goal line has shifted: from ending homelessness, to ending chronic homelessness, to ending chronic veteran homelessness. If we don't end chronic veteran homelessness in the next 18 months, do we shift to ending chronic female veteran homelessness?
I am not sure if hell has theme music, but if it does I imagine that it is the exact same as the call-waiting music of the VA. The biggest issue is actually getting into the door to your appointment.
Sadly, servicemembers, veterans and their families are sometimes targeted by cons who seek to take advantage of their service. These frauds can take a variety of forms. Servicemembers need tools to protect themselves from fraudsters who will continue to try to take advantage.
This act of senseless violence could have stood in Ebony's way from living a full and happy life. Through her recovery, she turned to her faith and giving back through service to create positive change instead.
July has been a busy month for Daily Giving, so we decided to double our efforts and give two grants a day for the entire month of July. These seed gr...
As a country, for our veterans, our service members, and their families, we have an obligation to do something about this. A family's love is often the best medicine, and in difficult times, I believe that our military families deserve the option of staying together.
Even though I sat at their same table, I just couldn't give up on them. Those kids needed someone, and I refused to allow myself to be discouraged. I refused to allow my advocacy to waiver. I refused to stop and lick my wounds. I tried my damnedest to give a voice to those voiceless children. I kept fighting, kept moving, and was never out of the fight -- just as the Army trained me.
Only a daily basis, veterans assuming they are going to see tenured doctors are met with nurse practitioners due to the turnover at the VA. The VA is simply not able to compete with the private sector to attract doctors and has been forced to use its existing resource of nurse practitioners to provide care to veterans.
Despite the July 4 tributes, millions of US soldiers and veterans are in serious trouble. Twenty two veterans kill themselves every day according to the Veterans Administration. A study by the Los Angeles Times found veterans are more than twice as likely as other civilians to commit suicide.
More pets go missing on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. And as I sit in my house every Independence Day night with the volume turned ...
Ever since I received the Medal of Honor, I have made it my mission to help my fellow veterans make the same difficult transition I had to make from service member to civilian.
We should never forget that the freedoms we sometimes take for granted in our nation were paid for in lives. I recently met a veteran who embodies this spirit and more.
A longer occupation, more troops, air strikes or anything else won't bring PFC Hutson back. He -- we -- will never know what he died for, but we can say with certainty what he did not die for. He did not die for freedom, he did not die for WMDs, he did not die for a politician's re-election.
I like to think Washington and Franklin would be proud as we celebrate our great country this weekend with music, with art, with community. It's a very American thing to do.