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The U.S. Soldier Who Killed Herself After Refusing to Take Part in Torture

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

I have written about dozens of sad, tragic, individual cases. But one of the saddest of all concerns a young soldier who died eleven years ago last month, appalled when ordered to take part in interrogations that, no doubt, involved what most would call torture.

The Clever Way This Man Is Getting Bros Into Yoga

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 10.09.2014 | Healthy Living

Walk into any yoga studio and chances are the majority of students will be female. But it doesn't have to be this way! After all, the numerous benefit...

Pin 'Em Up: Glamour for Veterans

Cat del Valle Castellanos | Posted 10.03.2014 | Impact
Cat del Valle Castellanos

Pin-Ups for Vets is not a typical non-profit. The pin-up calendar, now in its ninth year, featuring twelve US Veterans, is a unique community-building tool. The calendar raises funds to improve Veterans' healthcare, donates funds to VA hospital for medical equipment, improves quality of life for ill Veterans across the US through personal visits, and supports other initiatives, all thanks to pin-ups in decadent 1940s-style outfits.

New U.S. Motto: We Lead. That's How We Roll.

RB Bronson | Posted 10.02.2014 | Fifty
RB Bronson

If you're at least 50 years old, it's hard hearing the news of our ever-growing involvement in the Middle East effort (Effort? Hell, let's call it what it is: a war.) to defeat ISIS, and not experience a very uncomfortable sense of déjà vu.

For Army Couple Reentering Civilian Life, Food Insecurity Just One of Many Challenges

Kenneth Estelle | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Kenneth Estelle

On the morning of Sept. 3, Jon and Elizabeth Alba waited two hours at the VA Medical Clinic in Iron Mountain, Mich., not for medical care but for a few days' supply of groceries.

Q&A With David W. Peters About His Memoir "Death Letter: God, Sex, and War"

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 09.29.2014 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

In his memoir "Death Letter: God, Sex, and War," David W. Peters writes with black humor and grace about his deployment to Iraq as an Army chaplain, and the dark days following his return to the U.S.

Air Force Will No Longer Require 'So Help Me God' In Enlistment Oaths

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

Airmen who enlist or reenlist in the United States Air Force will no longer have to say the phrase “so help me God” as part of a required oath, th...

Lowering Sexual Assault on College Campuses and in the Military Starts in Elementary School

Mike Domitrz | Posted 09.16.2014 | Education
Mike Domitrz

If we really want to reduce sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, the lessons of respect, consent and bystander intervention need to be instilled in elementary education through high school.

Fred Fleisher: Addressing the Cultural Noise Through Contemporary and Vintage Images

Loren Kleinman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts
Loren Kleinman

Fred Fleisher was born in Pennsylvania and lives in Brooklyn, NY. After an enlistment in the Army he earned a BFA and a BS from Penn State and an MFA from Queens College, CUNY.

College, Combat and Community Service: How 9/11 Changed My Life

Jacob Wood | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Jacob Wood

In 2014, I find myself on a new journey at Team Rubicon, still influenced by 9/11. I find myself surrounded by men and women that embrace the notions of courage, resilience, citizenship and commitment. These men and women did not stop serving when they took off the uniform.

Soldier Joyfully Reunites With His Furry Best Friend, Lots Of Belly Rubs Ensue

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 09.10.2014 | Good News

They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but sometimes you just have to see it to believe it. When Army Lt. Charles Smith was called into...

The Military Uniform: From Privilege To Prop

Mark Carpowich | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Mark Carpowich

For today's troops, finding ways to cash in on the uniform isn't just a job, it's an adventure. Perhaps the only thing more surprising than the boldness with which abuse is routinely carried out is the fact that no one seems to mind, including the taxpayers footing the bill for the grift.

This Is What It's Really Like To Be A Woman In The U.S. Military

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.19.2014 | Women

In her new book Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War, author Helen Thorpe follows the lives of female soldiers, showing just h...

7 Things Drill Sergeants Taught Me About Life

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 10.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Part of my training included learning how to speak Army, figuring out the rank structure, and understanding a vast alphabet of acronyms. It was all worth it because I learned so much from the soldiers with whom I worked. Here are just a few of the biggest lessons I learned...

A Surprising Success Story: Jobs and the Arts and Humanities

Christine Henseler | Posted 10.12.2014 | Books
Christine Henseler

As the world gets bigger and the world's problems become more complex, employers seek more critical, comprehensive, and creative leaders. And the Arts and Humanities provide just that.

When a U.S. Passport Just Isn't Good Enough

Dan Kowalski | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Dan Kowalski

Only native-born Americans may use their passports to prove their citizenship when enlisting in the Army National Guard. If you are a naturalized or foreign-born American, your shiny, blue U.S. passport won't mean squat to the Guard. This makes no sense. It's also not the rule for the regular Army. What's going on over at the Guard?

Bowe Bergdahl and the War

Robert Slayton | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Bowe Bergdahl is a subject of considerable controversy. An American soldier who wandered off from his base in Afghanistan and got captured by the Taliban, after five years American officials secured his release by trading him for five Taliban captives being held in Guantanamo.

What Do You Know About Sistani's Fatwa?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

The fatwa is not about revenge or attack but the need to defend religious freedoms, sacred places and land from those whose aim is remove peaceful Muslims' freedoms to believe in Islam as they currently do, remove their shrines and to remove them from their lands.

Military Service Today

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

But three generations of relative prosperity have served to more than double that rate of inadequacy. The condition of so many of our young people offers a grim indictment of our public schools, a rebuke to parents, and a warning about the future of national security

The End Of This Guinness Commercial Will Melt Your Heart

Posted 07.04.2014 | Business

Guinness is back with another heartwarming advertisement this Fourth of July. To create the video, the beer maker again teamed up with BBDO New York, ...

Don't Look at New York in That Tone of Voice

Lester & Charlie | Posted 08.19.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

New Yorkers may not have the best reputation, but there's no denying that we got the smarts to somehow keep this "ungovernable city" humming. That can generate some resentment.

Father, Son Lead Same Army Unit Four Decades Apart

AP | BRETT BARROUQUERE | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Like many soldiers, Lt. Col. Patrick Harkins has a veteran father who knows firsthand the stress of wartime deployments. O...

Leave Nobody Behind

Tom Halsted | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
Tom Halsted

Whatever the circumstances, the basic, decent fact remains: American soldiers must not be abandoned, for whatever reason -- a principle that has been upheld throughout history, war after war after war.

Foggy Points of View on Bergdahl

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What at first seemed very clear-cut almost instantly became clouded in fog. This fog may clear some when the Army makes a formal statement about the circumstances of Bergdahl's capture by the Taliban, but until that point the speculation is running pretty wild.

Back from the Valley: Sebastian Junger on Korengal

Dan Lybarger | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Dan Lybarger

Sebastian Junger has managed to find intriguing angles on the deployment and on the longest military commitment in U.S. history in Korengal, which opened on Friday. The new film offers some sober reflection to the visceral jolt that came with Restrepo.