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Combat PTSD Stigma Made Worse by Fort Hood Shooting Media Coverage

Harry Croft, M.D | Posted 04.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Harry Croft, M.D

It is extremely challenging to get service members (and others) to get treatment for the symptoms of PTSD with the negative connotations people already heap atop mental illness, let alone with the insinuation that these people are somehow killers in waiting.

Jan Diehm

This Map Shows The Deadly Aftermath Of War Right Here At Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Jan Diehm | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

Army Spc. Ivan Lopez, the veteran who fatally shot three people before taking his own life Wednesday at Fort Hood, Texas, is among a growing number of...

War Vet: Military Violence Caused In Part By Recruiting From 'Predisposed Trauma Demographic'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 04.03.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

In the wake of the Fort Hood shooting Wednesday, war veterans joined HuffPost Live to discuss the mental health issues, namely Post Traumatic Stress D...

22 Per Day

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

It's estimated that 22 American veterans die by suicide every day. That's nearly one every hour, of every day, of every week, of every month. That's over 8,000 veterans every year. And that number almost included Kris Goldsmith.

President Obama Honors Minority Veterans, Now They Need Better Opportunities at Home

Ruben Gallego | Posted 03.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Ruben Gallego

As a Latino veteran, I have seen firsthand how the needs of Latino veterans have been overlooked. If we're going to ask minority soldiers to risk their lives in the same way as any other American, we should guarantee they have the same opportunities to succeed when they get home.

9 Ways To Handle Work Stress Like A Soldier

: Inc. | Bill Murphy Jr. | Posted 03.14.2014 | Small Business

Great leadership seems easy when things are good and everybody's happy. When times grow tough, however, a leader's true colors are revealed. Te...

Enabling The Educational Success Of Student Veterans

Ray Toenniessen | Posted 02.19.2014 | College
Ray Toenniessen

In 2012, more than $8 billion in government support for eligible veterans was paid out to colleges and universities around the country. You might assume by this staggering number that veterans education is a huge success. But a tuition bill doesn't equal a degree.

New Program Takes Big Step In The Fight Against Veteran Homelessness

Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact

A new residential treatment facility aimed at preventing homelessness among veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan opened in San Diego on Monday...

Denial on the Euphrates

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

But was it worth all the American blood and treasure, and the many more numerous Iraqi casualties? One can only conclude that some of the officials involved remain in a state of denial.

Fighting for Democracy, But Can't Vote for President

Neil Weare | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Neil Weare

This month, as President Obama prepares once again to address the nation, nearly 600 soldiers from Guam are returning home after a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan, yet they are being denied democracy at home.

Suicides By Young Veterans Spike At Alarming Rate

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Upon returning to civilian life, young veterans are committing suicide at an alarmingly high rate -- nearly three times that of active-duty troops. ...

A New Tune for Our Heroes

Jim Gibbons | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

Do you remember that folk song from the 1960s, "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" There is one lyric that asks, "Where have all the soldiers gone?" Certainly, many of our war heroes have died while protecting our interests abroad. Many more have returned home, however, and they've gone about the task of transitioning into civilian life. It hasn't been easy.

Mardi Gras Me Home

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 03.04.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

An Army veteran, Wayne was hired to set up rides but took time to photo his dream house, the Mardi Gras house, at the Okefenokee Fair, in Waycross, ...

In Reaching Budget Deal, Congress Turns its Back on Those Who Have Served

Christina Brown | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Christina Brown

When Congress returns from its holiday vacation in 2014, following an historic unproductive session, waiting for them should be a thunderous voice demanding results, not excuses, from the 23.2 million strong American veteran population.

Poll Finds Strong Support for Conservation Funding and the Protection of Public Lands Among Western Veterans

Mark Starr | Posted 02.03.2014 | Green
Mark Starr

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.

Giving Thanks: Wounded Vets Deserve a Good Night's Rest

Christopher J. Flynn | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Christopher J. Flynn

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.

Giving Thanks for Stephanie Lee (and a New Way of Treating Cancer)

Turk Pipkin | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Turk Pipkin

Stephanie Lee is the most inspiring and hopeful woman I've ever known. That's saying a lot considering that my wife has beat cancer twice and constantly amazes me at how she came through both battles stronger and more able to change the world and those around her for the better.

Sounds of Silence

Doug Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Doug Bradley

Just because these men and women signed on to fight these two wars doesn't mean they signed on to bear the entire moral burden associated with them. It's past time we opened our ears and our homes and our hearts. We need to listen.

Veterans and PTSD

Marcus Landsberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Marcus Landsberg

When we find ourselves saying, "uh-oh, he must be dangerous, he's ex-military," let's catch ourselves and realize that if the veteran is dangerous, he is dangerous for us, not against us.

How A Serious Injury Brought This Divorced Military Couple Back Together

HuffPost Live | Ishita Singh | Posted 11.13.2013 | Divorce

After a contentious divorce in 2003, Torrey Shannon's ex-husband was deployed to Iraq. He suffered a serious injury during battle in 2004, and spent t...

What I'm Thinking About, This Veterans Day

Elisa Villanueva Beard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Elisa Villanueva Beard

This country is worth fighting for. And every day, our teachers fight for our students' right to succeed and meet their potential. Each one of us must defend their right to an excellent education, and I'm honored to have so many dedicated veterans on board with that mission.

WOW: High School Students Building New Home For Wounded Iraq War Veteran

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 11.12.2013 | Good News

LANCASTER, Calif. -- LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — When Jerral Hancock came home from the Iraq war missing one arm, with another that barely worked and a...

How to Really Support the Troops: Stop the Politics of Dysfunction

Sergeant First Class Vincent Staub | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sergeant First Class Vincent Staub

So to the members of the U.S. Senate, I say: if you want to really support the troops this Veterans Day weekend, turn off the destructive partisanship and come together to do what is best for veterans and military families.

On Veterans Day, Please Don't Tell Me 'Thank You'

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

I still witness those thank yous being given to vets and service members who actually do deserve them. But they're still shouts across a canyon that isn't getting any smaller. The civilian-military divide is still as large as it ever was.

Writing and Why the Military Community Needs It

Mike Liguori | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mike Liguori

Everybody loves a good story. In fact, grandpa's war stories regardless of how many times you have heard it never get old.