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Disaster Response: The Next Mission for Veterans

Lisa Nagorny | Posted 01.15.2013 | Impact
Lisa Nagorny

As Hurricane Sandy approached the East Coast, most people flocked to grocery stores to stock up on the essentials. Many veterans, though, were preparing to respond to help those in need. This isn't a new story.

IAVA Vets Have Brian Williams... and He's Enough

Liz Smith | Posted 01.15.2013 | New York
Liz Smith

IAVA's No. 1 military honoree was, of course, a "no-show." But he wasn't even missed in an evening under Brian Williams' emcee stewardship. It was an evening that whizzed by and went from patriotic good feelings to heroic heights.

Hidden In Plain Sight: Moral Injury As A Wound Of War

Gabriella Lettini, Ph.D. | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Gabriella Lettini, Ph.D.

This Veteran's Day, let's honor veterans and all people affected by war by striving to understand and address moral injury and the ever-lingering and far reaching consequences of war. The process of healing cannot start unless we can engage what truly ails us.

Coming Home

Elisabeth Mason | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth Mason

Actions, of course, speak much louder than mere sentiments of gratitude. And on that score, we have yet to face the true test. As the Iraq and Afghanistan wars come to a close, we will welcome back whole divisions of military men and women.

Veterans Day: Healing The Wounds Of Those Who've Served Us -- A Spiritual Perspective

Bishop James Magness | Posted 01.10.2013 | Religion
Bishop James Magness

For people of faith, the significant challenge is whether or not we will recognize, remember and care for those who have served us in uniform during the other 364 days of the year.

The Problem Veterans Face Behind Closed Doors

Vicki Larson | Posted 01.09.2013 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

It's clear that some marriages may be yet another casualty of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Yoga: How We Serve Combat Veterans Coping With Trauma

Rob Schware | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

My hope is that the yoga community can continue to collaborate to bring the benefits of yoga to those who lack access and the funds to reap those benefits.

A Historic Election for New Veterans

Kate O'Gorman | Posted 01.09.2013 | Impact
Kate O'Gorman

A record high 42 new veterans ran for Congress in 2012. Sixteen of these candidates won their bids for Congress yesterday, and two more are in races still too close to call.

Honoring Our Superheroes On Veterans Day

Janine Boldrin | Posted 01.09.2013 | Impact
Janine Boldrin

America's veterans stood up on behalf of our nation; joining together with others to think beyond themselves to the greater good. Super Heroes. Yes, I definitely agree with the first grader's description of a veteran. The call came and they answered.

Yoga: A Veteran's Way to Serve Veterans

Rob Schware | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

"Now I might chant a little but I still try to make yoga as relatable as possible to the military culture, so I try to quickly emphasize breath, muscles, and mind: three things all vets can relate to."

'Atonement': A Veteran's Journey From Haunting to Reconciliation

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 12.28.2012 | Media
Joseph Bobrow

It is a finely hewn, graphic, and potent account of the emotional, moral and spiritual impacts of war, and one marine's passionate search for meaning and forgiveness. The story also poignantly conveys the anguish of the family and the farther reaches of human forgiveness.

Election Day and Veterans Day: Time to Make the Connection

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 12.26.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Behind each of these statistics is a human story. These stories and our individual veterans must not be ignored. The plight of our post-9/11 veterans is a ticking time bomb and a national tragedy.

Years Later, U.S. Soldier Finds Iraqi Family And Apologizes

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.26.2012 | Good News

How do you go about apologizing for an act that could so easily have been lost in the fog of war? In a powerful article published in this month's N...

David Wood

Veterans In College Struggle With Frustration, Isolation As Drop-Out Rate Soars | David Wood | Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the decade after World War II, 2 million veterans went to college on the new GI Bill, and almost all of them graduated and went on to...

How Mikayla Bragg and 31 Soldiers "Fell Through the Cracks"

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

After every debate, the Democrats and Republicans clamber to claim victory, but only one thing is for sure -- our veterans and their families lost. After 10 years of war, you heard more about Big Bird than you did about veterans.

Hope for Our American Military Dealing With Traumatic Brain Injury

Maj. Stephen J. Taylor | Posted 12.23.2012 | Impact
Maj. Stephen J. Taylor

After returning from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, I refused to admit that I was not quite the same person I was before leaving home just one year earlier. I was injured, but I did not know it. Something inside me was changed.

David Wood

A Decade Of Combat Makes Veterans More Skeptical Of Presidential Politics | David Wood | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Veterans and military families are no longer the dependable core of support for Republicans that they were for generations. Seared by...

When Debt Collectors Attack (Disabled American War Heroes)

Adam Levin | Posted 12.19.2012 | Business
Adam Levin

When it comes to scandalous behavior by debt collectors, I thought I'd heard it all. Still, the case of war veteran Michael Collier is a new low and paints a clear picture of a truly ugly nook in the financial services industry.

Why Our Vets Are Worthy Job Candidates

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 12.18.2012 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

Our young Gulf war II-era Veterans are facing job woes more dire than the national population has faced at any point in this unemployment catastrophe, including in October 2009, when the U.S. rate of 10 percent hurled the country into crisis mode.

David Wood

Combat Veterans With PTSD, Anger Issues More Likely To Commit Crimes, New Study Reports | David Wood | Posted 10.10.2012 | World

Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who struggle with the anger and emotional outbursts of combat trauma are more than twice as likely as other veterans...

Iraq: The High Price of Amnesia

Michael Brenner | Posted 12.02.2012 | World
Michael Brenner

Sins of omission can be every bit as serious as sins of commission. The country's failure to have a reckoning with the tragedy of Iraq is the outstanding case in point.

National Veterans Group Targets Republican

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 09.27.2012 | Politics

The Republican nominee for Arizona's U.S. Senate seat, Rep. Jeff Flake, is being targeted by a national progressive veterans group following a Democra...

WATCH: How Washington Screwed A Generation Of Vets

Posted 09.27.2012 | Impact

Senate Republicans blocked a bill Wednesday that would have provided a billion dollars towards helping veterans find work. The reason? They cited the ...

Time to Pay the Price of War

Leila Levinson | Posted 11.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

Help has been slow to come for members of our military and our veterans in crisis. Nearly 1 million veterans from various wars await a ruling from the Veterans Administration on their claims for disability.

PTSD -- The IED That Awaits War Veterans at Home

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 11.19.2012 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

Just as an IED destroys everything within a few miles' radius, PTSD affects all aspects of a veteran's life, often taking family and friends as extended casualties of this silent, invisible war.