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Coburn Shows Height of Washington's Hypocrisy Toward Veterans

Ruben Gallego | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Ruben Gallego

Last week we saw a perfect example of how screwed up priorities have gotten in Congress. When the financial sector demanded a provision weakening regulations on risky derivative trading, Congress obliged. When veterans asked for $22 million over five years for a suicide prevention program, Sen. Coburn blocked the entire bill.

Tragedy or Pittance?

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Freeman

There is currently legislation in the Senate, known as the Clay Hunt SAV Act named for a Veteran lost to suicide. The cost is minimal, a drop in the bucket compared to the $1.1 trillion spending bill recently passed. But it's currently being held up by one man.

Let's Make Bitcoin the Biggest Humanitarian Tool the World Has Ever Seen

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Lorelei Kelly

As the information revolution continues to redistribute power from centralized hierarchies to individuals and communities, the impact of this redistribution is often unpredictable.

Our Post-9/11 Vets: Primed for Greatness

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Colonel David W. Sutherland

Personal experience tells me today's 2.7 million Afghanistan and Iraq veterans are poised to become tomorrow's next big thing.

Mike Erwin, Founder, Team RWB, Active Military and Veterans' Advocate

Ian Spanier | Posted 11.13.2014 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

A career military man, Erwin is a true patriot, having served in Iraq and Afghanistan for a total of 28 months. Spending so much time in combat zone...

Military Community Shares Innovative Ideas That Are Changing Our World

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact

Got Your 6 wants all Americans to see the military community like it does. The nonprofit, which works to empower military members to become leaders...

Beyond Iraq And Afghanistan: Fighting The Stereotype War

Adam Hanft | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Adam Hanft

Indeed, the media knows that the story of vets-gone-bad is irresistible to the public - and irresistibility in media terms means profit. But every story about one vet makes it harder for a thousand others to get hired.

Robbie Couch

Boy Who Lost Dad And Uncle In Iraq Finds Comfort, Proves Why Military Family Services Matter

HuffingtonPost.com | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact

Rosanna Powers’ fiancé and brother died within 30 hours of each other in Iraq in 2004. Now, just over a decade after their deaths, she sees both of...

'Sh*t Civilians Say To Veterans' Is Exactly What America Needs To Hear

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact

"How are you a veteran? You're not even old." "You're way too pretty to be in the military." "Have you ever killed anybody?" Sound familiar,...

These Are The Questions Veterans Are Tired Of Hearing

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact

Common misperceptions about men and women in uniform can have harmful effects -- just ask a vet. Judging from a 2012 survey by veterans advocacy gr...

The Story Of A Surgeon Who Enlisted At Age 61 Following His Son's Death In Iraq

Howard Schultz | Posted 11.11.2014 | Books
Howard Schultz

According to Bill Krissoff, shuttering his lucrative medical practice, joining the Navy, and deploying to the western Iraqi desert was about "turning that loss into something positive."

Some Veterans Need Help -- That's Our Job

David Wood | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
David Wood

It's been five years since Jacob Sexton, a soldier with the Indiana National Guard, came home with nightmares after two combat deployments, and on a Monday evening in a movie theater with family and friends, killed himself with a pistol shot. He was 21-years-old. The story is horrifying, and sadly familiar. On this day, we pause to honor the 21.9 million living Americans who have served in uniform. We might also remember the estimated 8,000 veterans and 475 active duty, reserve and National Guard men and women who took their own lives last year in the ongoing tragedy of military and veteran suicide. Jacob's death, like the others, could have been prevented.

What Veterans Have Taught Me About Teaching

Briallen Hopper | Posted 11.11.2014 | Education
Briallen Hopper

Just as much as students need concrete academic help, they need us to notice their drive and their struggle. We can do this by making sure that we acknowledge the work they're putting into the class, whether it's showing up in their grades or not.

Hollywood Loves Military Movies -- Shouldn't It Love Hiring Vets?

Richard Arthur | Posted 11.11.2014 | Entertainment
Richard Arthur

We owe it to our vets -- and the American people -- to take steps to usher more veterans into the film and television business -- on set, in production offices and in the writer's room.

INVEST in Our Veterans and Our Energy Future

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Rep. Barbara Lee

Let's employ the ingenuity and expertise of our nation's veterans to build the world's sustainable energy future, right here in America.

Here's Why Veterans Don't Talk About It

David W. Peters | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
David W. Peters

In my conversations with veterans I often hear from their family members that, "He just never talks about it." Stories connect people, and veterans' families and friends want that connection, but veterans still don't talk about it. Why?

Former Soldier Turned Zen Monk Teaches Vets to Use Mindfulness as Body Armor

Daisy J Lin | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Daisy J Lin

You have to change. If you don't change, you're going to die. That is the chilling realization that prompted Gulf War Veteran Michael Nguyen to turn to mindfulness practice to save his life when PTSD was running it into the ground.

The American Public and Attitudes Toward Veterans

Paul Herrnson | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Paul Herrnson

Though the country has long been united in the belief that former soldiers deserve respect and honor, the question of what exactly the government owes its veterans -- and whether it is fulfilling those obligations -- has been more controversial.

Still on the Thank-You Tour-of-Duty Circuit, 13 Years Later

Rory Fanning | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Rory Fanning

"Concert For Valor? That sounds like something the North Korean government would organize," I said as I typed Concertforvalor.com into my MacBook Pro looking for more information.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

ISIS Likely Captured Iraqi Chemical Weapons, New York Times Confirms

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A New York Times report confirms that the U.S. government knew that an Iraqi facility now controlled by the Islamic State militant orga...

Three Men Who Inspired Me to Help Combat Veterans Transition to Civilian Life

Emma Nicholson | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Emma Nicholson

I have never served in our nation's military. My father served in the Navy during the Korean War but completed his service long before I was born. He never spoke about his experiences. I never asked. It was just not on my radar.

Veterans Find 'Family,' Healing In Festival And Electronic Music Culture

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.22.2014 | Impact

Two years and 34 surgeries after Kirstie Ennis was injured in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, the retired Marine Corps veteran is still fighting to...

The Media: Cherry Picking News Stories and Failing the Public

Pat LaMarche | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Pat LaMarche

When the press ignores the discussion at hand: issues as vital to the health and security of the working class as middle class wages, the utility workers, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans employment rates, and government employee pensions, one shouldn't be surprised that the public transit system is begging for school supplies.

David Wood

'Isn't Losing An Eye Enough?' Battered Veterans Struggle To Restart Their Lives After War

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics

Veterans Brian McPherson, Adele Loar and David Inbody (left to right) are part of a team training to climb Mount Whitney in September. (McPherson and ...

Joni Ernst: I Would Have Kept U.S. Troops In Iraq

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics

Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst said Friday that she would have supported a continued U.S. troop presence in Iraq, rather than completely ...