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An Immigrant's Call to Service

Deval 'Dev' Zaveri | Posted 08.18.2014 | College
Deval 'Dev' Zaveri

I'm as unlikely a military officer as you will find. We come from a caste of merchants, not soldiers; so when I wasn't in school, I spent my time working in my family's convenience store. Military service was never a topic of conversation in our home.

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.

A Grateful Nation Remembers Fallen Heroes

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

Although we are all aware of the remarkable leadership and sacrifice of great generals of wars past and present, it is the silence of those men and women who died during combat that speaks so clearly to the meaning of bravery and patriotism.

The Unforeseen Consequences of the Volunteer Army

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

Recent episodes of random violence at U.S. Army bases, the latest at Fort Hood in Texas, have underscored one of the little-recognized and heartrending consequences of our reliance on a volunteer military to defend our country.

Reporters Should Clarify That Coffman Is Not Supportive of Citizenship Path Via College

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.09.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Journalists continue to report that Rep. Mike Coffman is being nicer to young undocumented immigrants than he really is. Coffman supports giving youn...

Uncle Sam Wants You, Stars of Stage and Screen and the Sporting World

William Astore | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics
William Astore

If our celebrities who profit the most from America are unwilling to defend it the way Stewart and Williams did, perhaps that's not just a sign of societal rot. Perhaps it's a sign that our wars are simply not vital to us. And if that's the case, shouldn't we end them?

Young Men Want To Be Heroes: Let's Help Them Do It Right

Dr. Chris Howard | Posted 10.06.2013 | College
Dr. Chris Howard

I think it is quite appropriate that we as a society don't simply confine the idea of hero to one who earns his way to significance with knives, swords, bullets or guns. Doing so nurtures an unhealthy construct of masculinity often referred to by academics as hyper or false; you and I simply call it "macho."

Service in Pursuit of a More Perfect Union Takes on Many Forms

Pete Kalenik | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Pete Kalenik

So as individual members of a collective community, we all have a responsibility to contribute to the greater society that dictates our access to freedom, opportunity, and the sense of fulfillment that accompanies the notion that we are all a part of something larger than ourselves.

Citizen Soldiers

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

I have often heard former military colleagues say that the nation is not at war -- the Army is at war. We have forged a self-perpetuating professional military caste that is largely distinct from the overall population.

Giving Thanks For All Who Have Worn 'The Uniform'

Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.26.2013 | Religion
Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D.

This Memorial Day, I give thanks to God for my father, and all those in this country who have worn a uniform and worn it well. "O God, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy."

Congress Approves Measure On Lying About Medals

AP | Associated Press | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lying about receiving a military medal could become a crime, under a bill headed to the president's desk. The Stolen Valor Act cleared ...

Sequestration: A Disservice to Those Who Serve

Javier Miyares | Posted 05.04.2013 | College
Javier Miyares

The best way to ensure veteran employment, to keep veterans out of poverty, to reduce veteran crime, help veterans maintain their sense of self-worth and stem the rising number of veteran suicides is through education.

National Service Not Military Service

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

We are indeed at a pivot point for the "success or failure of our great experiment" in government." Schools and families must play an essential role in building citizenship and the character of the nation. So too should national service.

Chuck Hagel's Military Service: A Target Once Again

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

I have consistently defended Senator Chuck Hagel, President Obama's choice for Secretary of Defense, against allegations that he is "anti-Semitic," against attacks for his lack of appetite for "elective" wars, etc.

The Disingenuous Dismissal of Chuck Hagel's Military Service

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Conservatives have consistently glorified military service, as they should. But now, as Obama nominates a man who has served honorably in combat in Vietnam, the "Hagel Haters," -- many "chicken hawks" themselves -- are disingenuously changing their tune.

The Chuck Hagel I Know: A Staunch Defender of Gay Rights

Steve Clemons | Posted 02.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Steve Clemons

I know that Hagel supports solid legal protections for gay families and is personally supportive of gays and lesbians. How do I know this? Because I'm a national-security wonk who happens to be gay and who happens to have interacted with and followed Chuck Hagel for years.

Army Lessons Learned and the Vote

Harold Ross | Posted 01.21.2013 | Black Voices
Harold Ross

My vote is not a Christmas gift, some toy or clothing item that I'm allowed to play with or wear from time to time. It is learned, informed and dedicated to the self-evident truth that fair and equal citizenship for American men and women is inherent in the American dream.

Romney Boys

Jeff Danziger | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Understanding Our Peers

Julia L. Stern | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
Julia L. Stern

The U.S. military was engaged in two theaters of war, I was studying global security, and yet I could not think of a single person I knew who was serving -- nor had the thought previously crossed my mind.

Just Where Is the 'Veteran' Vote?

Jason Dempsey | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Jason Dempsey

For the most part this is to be expected, as Obama has a significant advantage in the youth vote in the general electorate as well, but to see this preference among young service members and veterans may mean that the era when it seemed that Republicans had a lock on the military vote is coming to a close.

Veteran Claims BofA Violated A Law Protecting Active-Duty Military

Posted 08.07.2012 | Business

One Alabama man who served in Afghanistan is claiming Bank of America violated a law that protects active duty service members from financial hardship...

Romney Soldiers

Jeff Danziger | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Should Military Service Be Mandatory?

Sanah Imran | Posted 09.24.2012 | Teen
Sanah Imran

Although forcing every private citizen to serve may seem radical and undemocratic at first blush, something must be done to rectify the average American's misplaced patriotism.

John McCain, A Veteran Was Demeaned In Your Name. Will You Defend Her?

Linda Milazzo | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

This past Sunday, Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh, who never served a day in the military, shamelessly questioned the heroism of his Congressional opponent, Illinois Army National Guard veteran and double amputee, Major Tammy Duckworth.

Senate Challenger Says Soldiers Don't Fight For Right To Contraception

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.05.2012 | Politics

A New York GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate has included in her stump speech the claim that America's fighting men and women are not risking their li...