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Quadruple Amputee Vet Doesn't Have A 'Sob Story,' But It's A Story That's Inspiring Thousands

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.14.2014 | Impact

Of all the soldiers who have been injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, retired Staff Sgt. Travis Mills is one of just five who have survived q...

aHow Congress Can Help Keep More Military Families Together

Rep. John K. Delaney | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics
Rep. John K. Delaney

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.

For Iraq Veteran Saif Khan, Supporting Veterans Means Action

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
Ravi Chaudhary

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.

Iraq: What They Died For

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

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.

WATCH: Montel Williams Demands Support For Veterans

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Black Voices

Montel Williams may no longer host his own talk show, but he’s not keeping quiet, especially amidst the political turmoil and scandal surrounding Am...

American Lives Have Not Been Wasted in Iraq

Andrew Nathan Bartholomew | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Andrew Nathan Bartholomew

We should not trivialize the sacrifices our fighting forces made on account of a lost war, but rather we should actively prevent those lives from being lost in vain by ensuring that the lesson we learned is retained and applied.

Veteran Who Lost a Friend in Combat on Overcoming PTSD: "My Shame Was Being Alive" (VIDEO)

George Decker | Posted 06.27.2014 | Impact
George Decker

"I decided, if I am going to be alive and if Soto cannot be alive, then I'm going to have to do it for both of us. I'm going to have to live a long time, and I'm really going to have to make the most of it, the way Soto would have -- big."

If the Neocons Want Us Back in Iraq, It's Their Turn to Do the Fighting

Ruben Gallego | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Ruben Gallego

In 2005, while Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz and Bill Kristol were sitting at desks in Washington, my unit was fighting their war in Iraq. They were playing armchair general. We were kicking in doors, getting shot at and driving on IED-planted roads in unarmored vehicles designed for amphibious assaults.

Iraq: The Narratives of Intervention

Rick Ayers | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Rick Ayers

The battles in Iraq should be heartbreaking and infuriating to all Americans. Heartbreaking because it did not have to be this way. Infuriating because we have to know, in our heart of hearts, that this is a U.S.-created disaster.

Iraq: International Solidarity Critical at This Time of Crisis

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
The Center for Constitutional Rights

The likes of Paul Wolfowitz -- or worse still, Paul Bremer -- are on TV as experts opining about what U.S. policy should be now. Let us collectively ignore them and instead focus on the voices of leaders within Iraq working in the interests of the Iraqi people.

Iraq, Syria: the Way Ahead Is Limpidly Clear

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

The legacy of President Obama is that he got us out of wars. Let's keep it that way. The perceived weakness of Barack Obama is largely a reflection that the American body politic is adjusting to the fact that it no longer wants to be the world's gendarmerie, involved in and trying to settle every conflict.

Omerta at the VA: Breaking the Spell of Silence and Intimidation

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Joseph Bobrow

I have spoken with a number of VA leaders who are dedicated to providing the best services to veterans; every one without exception has had to navigate this incompetent and intimidating system. It is shameful.

Those Who Bear the Cost

Jane Horton | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Jane Horton

Our nation cannot continually Band-Aid our wounds by declaring us a national treasure and priority, yet pass us by while our legitimate needs are overlooked. We are the ones who have paid the highest price. We need America to help us heal.

Known Knowns

Barry Lando | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Barry Lando

Despite the bloviating of supposedly outraged congressmen, editorialists and the White House, the Inspector General and the press have been reporting about the terrible shortcomings at the V.A. for years.

Obama's "Responsible End of War" Has Orwellian Ring

Steven Kurlander | Posted 05.28.2014 | Miami
Steven Kurlander

Another Memorial Day has passed. It's supposed to be a solemn occasion to honor our military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while in se...

For Returning American Soldiers Seeking Health Care, the Real War Begins at Home

Mario Almonte | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Mario Almonte

American soldiers: love 'em and leave 'em? The appalling treatment of American war veterans in Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide is not the first example of our country's often-tragic indifference to its returning war heroes.

Home of the Brave

Brigid Brett | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Brigid Brett

It used to be that the words Memorial Day brought with them a lightness that came with the beginning of summer and the promise of long salty days at the beach. It used to be that the words Gold Star Families meant nothing to me.

ONE ON ONE: Jake Cusack on 21st Century Military Service

Katherine Keating | Posted 07.27.2014 | World
Katherine Keating

"Memorial Day, to me, is a celebration of lives that were well-lived and people who gave that last full measure of devotion in service of a cause greater than themselves." Memorial Day is a holiday of remembrance for Americans. They remember those who have died in wars, many of whom were young people of our generation who, like Jake, believed passionately in the idea of service. I believe it is the duty of all young people to think about what our generation's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have meant for those countries and ours. When we fail to continue to pay attention to Iraq and Afghanistan, we fail to honor the sacrifices made by the soldiers of our generation.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, President Obama met with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki over reports of treatment delays. "If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful and I will not tolerate it," said Obama after the meeting. We should absolutely hold accountable those responsible for the recent suffering and deaths of America's veterans. But let's not stop with the VA. One reason the system is so overwhelmed is because of the tens of thousands injured in Iraq, an unnecessary war, which also claimed over 4,400 soldiers' lives. In 2003, Shinseki, then serving as Army chief of staff, testified it would take "several hundred thousand soldiers" to occupy Iraq. For speaking the truth about the recklessness and hubris behind the invasion, he was pushed aside by Bush, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz. So yes, there should be a price to pay for the unnecessary deaths of U.S. veterans -- but when will there be a price to pay for all those who were killed or are still suffering because of an unnecessary and immoral war?

The Major Milestone One Military Dad Made It Home For

OWN | Posted 05.23.2014 | OWN

While her husband, Corporal John Farrell, was deployed in Iraq, Jamie was home with their 9-month-old daughter, hoping she wouldn't take her first ste...

I'm Not Crazy: Just a Survivor

Justin Constantine | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Justin Constantine

If we want to help veterans transition successfully -- to become as productive in civilian life as they were overseas -- then we need to change how we talk about mental injuries sustained in combat.

How to Raise $50K+ for Vets and Heroes

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, we're launching the Veterans Charity Challenge 2 to raise money for good causes.

Combat PTSD Stigma Made Worse by Fort Hood Shooting Media Coverage

Harry Croft, M.D | Posted 06.18.2014 | 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...