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A Veterans Day Tribute to Those Who Are Still Coming Home - from Vietnam, Korea, WWII and WWI

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 01.09.2013 | Impact
Megan Smolenyak

Though many don't realize it, "no man left behind" is much more than an expression. The U.S. military genuinely does all it can to recover soldiers from all conflicts, and for more than a decade, I've had the privilege of contributing to cases pertaining to WWI, WWII, Korea and Southeast Asia.

The Few, the Proud, the Infantilized

Bruce Fleming | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Bruce Fleming

The military is downsizing, and the federal budget is under scrutiny. Do military service academies deserve to continue?

Allyson Robinson, Transgender Veteran, To Lead Advocacy Group For LGBTs In Military

The Huffington Post | Andrea Stone | Posted 10.25.2012 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON -- In a move that may signal the next major battle over equality in the armed forces, the newly combined groups that represent gays in the ...

Harry S. Truman Still Gives 'Em Hell at Sea

Eric Gertler | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
Eric Gertler

As our C-2A Greyhound transport plane landed on the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier last week, our group had no idea what to expect for the next 24 hours we were spending aboard the nuclear-powered Nimitz carrier.

While the Army Stands Down, Suicide Rates Are Still Up

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

With the stakes this high, service members, veterans and their families deserve transparency and accountability.

52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #15, Improving Veterans' Lives

Bernard Whitman | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Bernard Whitman

President Obama is committed to protecting our veterans at home, just as they have protected us abroad. He has enacted a comprehensive and far-reaching package of reforms to protect military families and ensure they get the treatment, support and honor they deserve.

SHOCK: Serving Soldiers Planned To Bring Down U.S. Government

AP | RUSS BYNUM | Posted 10.27.2012 | Crime

LUDOWICI, Ga. — Four Army soldiers based in southeast Georgia killed a former comrade and his girlfriend to protect an anarchist militia group t...

Egypt's Political Rise and Fall... and Rise Again?

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 08.26.2012 | World
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Can Egypt now leave its recent dark times behind and reclaim its past glory? Can it make history again?

ReThink Interview: Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering on The Invisible War

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.20.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Invisible War won the Festival Audience Award for documentaries at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and is a powerful and scathing exposé going after the epidemic of sexual assault in the armed forces.


Jack Schimmelman | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Jack Schimmelman

Now is the time to stand. In the midst of our pathetic attempt at an election we must demand of Obama that if you want our vote you must end this war beginning now.

Politicians Honor Armed Forces On Memorial Day

Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics

On the last Monday in May, Americans celebrate Memorial Day to remember the men and women of the armed forces and give thanks for their sacrifices. ...

Memorial Day: A Time to Remember Our Latino Veterans

National Council of La Raza | Posted 07.27.2012 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

Today, more than 1.3 million Latinos serve in our armed forces and almost 16 percent of all newly enlisted, active duty members of all branches of the military are Hispanic. We are also veterans. In 2009, 1.1 million Latinos were veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, and that number continues to grow.

Honor All Those Who Serve Us On Memorial Day

Ed Sayres | Posted 07.25.2012 | Impact
Ed Sayres

This Memorial Day, as we remember all the brave men and women who have given their lives to protect our freedoms, let's not forget the sacrifices of the military working dogs who have served alongside them.

Standing Up for All the Fallen

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.25.2012 | Impact
Christopher Holshek

We should respect each other's commitment to community and country. There is no reason why we cannot stand up for all the fallen, so that Memorial Day will honor all those who gave their lives in the service of their neighbors as well as their nation.

A Soldier's Perspective on Memorial Day

Nicole Bires | Posted 07.23.2012 | Impact
Nicole Bires

Why do I wear the uniform of the United States of America? Easy. I do it for you.

When to Say Thanks

Stacy Bare | Posted 07.22.2012 | Impact
Stacy Bare

Last Tuesday the Department of Interior (DOI) announced that all active duty service members and their families could use public lands for free. I know this doesn't fix other problems, but it's a significant gesture of thanks in a very public, meaningful way.

The VA Tells the Truth About Guns. The NRA Can't Handle It.

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

The VA has done nothing more than give sound advice based on the best medical and public health knowledge about the risks of guns. For doing so, it now faces the wrath of the gun lobby.

TIME 100 2012 Gala Toast: A Tribute to my Father

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 06.25.2012 | Impact
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

My father taught me about honor, integrity and service. He also taught me about loyalty and sacrifice. My father fought to keep custody of all four of us when my parents eventually divorced. It cost him everything he had.

How Far Do First Amendment Rights Go?

Aubree Eliza Weaver | Posted 06.11.2012 | College
Aubree Eliza Weaver

How are First Amendment rights different for people serving our country? Now, hear me out when I say that I'm rather torn on this issue.

Which America Are the Troops Fighting to Defend? No Campaign Slogan Can Answer That

Alejandro Alves | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics
Alejandro Alves

Candidates laying claim to the military vote through rhetoric and photo-ops are building a fiction that demeans our individual reasons for service.

Consistency, Consistency, Consistency

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.13.2012 | Comedy
Howard Steven Friedman

"Please urinate into this little cup here before we begin processing your tax statement. Once you've done that, we'll be happy to process your mortgage interest deduction and give you that refund I know you've been looking forward to."

Banks Sink to New Low by Foreclosing on Deployed Troops

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

We can and must do more to protect military families like the Rowles'. Just as we provide our troops with the best possible protection on the battlefield, we have a commitment to look out for them and their families while they're away.

As Our Patriots Have Come Home, Detroit Will Lift Them Up

Gary A. Brown | Posted 03.18.2012 | Detroit
Gary A. Brown

As a former Marine, I am well aware of the plight, roadblocks and lack of information plaguing our veterans. Michigan lags far behind other states in accessing veterans' benefits.

Are There Jobs for Marines?

Andrew Lubin | Posted 03.17.2012 | Impact
Andrew Lubin

This is a difficult job market for those with prior civilian job experience; for those under age 24 whose only job experience is combat... their unemployment rate exceeds 30 percent.

Reject Indefinite Detention; Defend the Constitution

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

We have sworn to uphold our Constitution of the United States of America.... Yet we are about to give our seal of approval to a bill that gives the military the authority to hold American citizens captured abroad on suspicion of terrorism and to hold them indefinitely without trial.