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Miracle on Capitol Hill

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

By fixing and extending the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa program, we can improve the national security of the U.S., keep our promises to our allies, show our soldiers and veterans that we protect those who protected them and maybe, just maybe, prove to the American people that Congress can still be a force for good and right.

Taking Veterans' Concerns Seriously

Rep. Marc Veasey | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Rep. Marc Veasey

While our country continues to fall short of ideal in keeping our commitments to our veterans, I am optimistic that Congress and Veterans Affairs have together taken steps in the right direction.

Torch of Friendship

Patrick Davies | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Patrick Davies

Needless to say, we've put the events of August 1814 far behind us. So much so, in fact, that when the British prime minister, David Cameron, visited the White House two years ago, he and President Obama, fresh from watching a March Madness basketball game together, traded wisecracks about the burning.

American Hope

Sue Shanahan | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Sue Shanahan

"Children are hopes" -- Novalis I began work on the above illustration in 1999 through the advice of my then agent. It was all over the news at the...

Honoring the Fallen on Memorial Day

Edward Headington | Posted 07.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Edward Headington

We often associate this national holiday with the start of summer and a three-day weekend filled with beaches and barbeques. But let us not forget the true meaning of this day or the price of freedom.

A President Who Salutes Others

Ken Adelman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Ken Adelman

On the eve of a weekend celebrating President's Day, it's nice to remember a President who didn't celebrate himself, as so many have. A President who saluted others -- especially the men and women in uniform.

Breaking For-Profit College News: VA Shopping Tool, Coalition Letter, Andrews Quitting

David Halperin | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
David Halperin

Developments are happening at lightening speed on for-profit college issues.

Soldiers Could Soon Be Fighting Alongside Robots

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology

The few. The proud. The robots. As artificial intelligence rapidly advances, one of the next groups to see their lives altered by robotics could be...

It's a Matter of Priorities

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

It is clear the pledge made to Grover Norquist is stronger for some in Congress than the pledge they have made to our troops. It is absolutely reprehensible that the richest country in the world will not keep its promises to its voluntary military.

This May Help Military Keep Women In The Ranks

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — Navy Cmdr. Valerie Overstreet wanted to start a family. But her job as a Navy pilot and the fact that she and her husband,...

A Single Girl's Afghanistan Travel Log: In Honor of Our Veterans

Melissa Roddy | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Melissa Roddy

I went to Afghanistan. I went there as a tourist, a single woman, unaccompanied, unguided and unsponsored by any sort of group, government, corporation or organization. I had complete control over what I experienced. It took me six years to save up enough money for the trip.

Borinqueneers Deserve Their Gold Medals

National Council of La Raza | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The Borinqueneers was the only Hispanic-segregated active-duty unit ever in the U.S. Armed Forces that played a prominent role in three U.S. wars.

In Honor of Their Service, the Arts Answer the Call

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

When effectively employed in communities, the arts offer lifelong opportunities for service members, veterans and their families not only to address, but also to transcend the traumatic experience.

Doing the Right Thing for Our Veterans, 365 Days a Year

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Lisa Mirza Grotts

Veterans Day, unlike Memorial Day, is a day to honor our living veterans. But I believe we should honor them every single day, not just on November 11. Here are some ways we can honor our military men and women, whether they are in or out of service.

Paying Our Service Members Back

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 09.22.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Many people join the military to take advantage of the economic opportunities it affords, so it's ironic that many veterans face challenges finding living wage jobs upon return from their service.

Life After DOMA: The LGBT Military Community Prepares for the Next Fight

Allyson D. Robinson | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Allyson D. Robinson

The challenges LGBT people face in America won't simply dematerialize as we achieve each new policy objective. Passing good laws and enacting good policies is hard work, but changing culture is much harder.

In the Name of Freedom

Cheryl Saban Ph.D. | Posted 07.26.2013 | World
Cheryl Saban Ph.D.

As we all do our thing -- resting and relaxing, getting ready to officially open up the 'summer' season -- I hope we spend more than just a moment or two reflecting on the reason this federal holiday exists in the first place.

Soldiers for Good Cops: Not a Bad Deal for Honduras

Marco Cáceres | Posted 07.08.2013 | World
Marco Cáceres

Let's assume we're talking about a total of 34,500 police officers and military personnel. If we assume that they're receiving an average monthly wage of US $350, then the Honduran government has to come up with slightly over US $12 million a month to pay these people.

From Combat Fatigues To Cyber Networks: Veterans For Hire

John T. Chambers | Posted 06.29.2013 | Impact
John T. Chambers

Debuted today by First Lady Michelle Obama, the White House IT Training program -- in partnership with Joining Forces and the President's Military Credentialing and Licensing Task Force -- will help transitioning military personnel make the difficult shift to the civilian workforce by providing the necessary training for high-demand IT jobs.

I Have Seen the Enemy and the Enemy Is Climate Change

Emanuel Pastreich | Posted 05.25.2013 | Green
Emanuel Pastreich

Are we looking at a life-and-death crisis that demands mass mobilization, a controlled and rationed economy and large-scale strategic planning for the short and long term? Does this crisis demand, in short, a war economy and a complete rethinking of the military system?

Reduce the Size of the Armed Force by Seizing Benefits

Kerry Patton | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Kerry Patton

Threats continue to grow around the globe and our nation depends on a high-speed, low-drag, fighting force. Now is not the time to shrink our tactical operators who serve in the Armed Forces. Unfortunately, if benefits continue to diminish, that's exactly what will happen.

The Republicans: Poison for Defense

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

I know people who have come back wounded mentally or physically, or both. They could not change the Islamic landscape, because they could not heal the rift among the many Islamic sects. Why doesn't McCain understand this?

An Oscar Vote for Justice

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 04.13.2013 | Entertainment
Kerry Kennedy

I urge every American to watch The Invisible War and hear the stories therein. And to those few in the position to influence this year's Oscar considerations, I urge you to consider what your vote in the documentary category can mean for America

Is Football More Dangerous Than the Military?

Gavin Shulman | Posted 04.02.2013 | Sports
Gavin Shulman

Dangerous or not we need to allow them to pursue their own dreams. Most football players play because they want to. Most soldiers fight because they have to. I wonder, Mr. President, which would you prefer your child to participate in?

I Work Harder For Male Spin Teachers

Christie O. Tate | Posted 04.02.2013 | Women
Christie O. Tate

I consider myself well-educated and self-aware. I wrote a Master's thesis on issues in Women's Studies and kept my maiden name. I assumed I was one of the last people who would unconsciously work harder for a man than a woman.