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Veterans Respected, But Misunderstood

J. J. Abrams | Posted 08.26.2012 | Impact
J. J. Abrams

Respected for their service and applauded for their sacrifice when they return home, today's veterans are also, in some important ways, deeply misunderstood by the people they fight for.

Remembering By Serving

William McNulty | Posted 07.28.2012 | Impact
William McNulty

Every Memorial Day growing up, we would go to the Winnetka, Ill., Village Green where there is a large monument to all the service members who had die...

Memorial Day: Honor the Fallen, Remember the Living

Dave Helfert | Posted 07.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Dave Helfert

This Memorial Day, honor those who have fallen in service to the nation. They have given the last full measure and they surely deserve our respect and gratitude. But take just a minute to honor those who fought in our wars and lived. For many, their battles are far from over.

Ann Romney, Military Mom? No Romney Sons in Service and Mitt Dodged Vietnam

Cynthia Wachtell | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Cynthia Wachtell

The American sons and daughters who Romney would send to Iran almost surely would not include any of his five strapping lads. Nor, if the past decade serves as an indicator, would the American forces in Iran include many of the children of our nation's political leaders.

Military Mind: What Happens to Our Heroes' Brains

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 02.17.2012 | Science

Combat seems to do a number on some soldiers' minds--as high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among returning soldiers attest. But a bom...

Criminalizing Lies -- An Unusual Free Speech Case in Supreme Court

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

Congress passed the Stolen Valor Act to protect the reputation of military decorations and honors from false pretenders. Such false representations dishonor the decorations themselves, and diminish the reputation.

In Uncertain Times, America Looks to Its Service Members for Inspiration

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 01.23.2012 | Impact
Ravi Chaudhary

When I go to sleep tonight I will say a small prayer for this young airman's safety. But most importantly I'll give thanks to the many young Americans like her who will ultimately shape the future of our nation.

On Veterans Day - What We Tell Our Children

Graciela Tiscareno-Sato | Posted 01.11.2012 | Latino Voices
Graciela Tiscareno-Sato

What are you telling your children today about Veterans Day? What do they understand about why they have a day off from school on Friday? How do you explain military service to your young children?

Veterans: A New Era Of Serving God And Country

Bishop James Magness | Posted 01.11.2012 | Religion
Bishop James Magness

Even though far less than 1 percent of our citizens of our country serve in any branch of the military, as a society we have become very connected with men and women in the military services.

The First Proco Joe Moreno

Joe Moreno | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

War should not be glorified, but the millions of individuals like my grandfather, who have defended and continue to defend us, should be.

Rhode Island Rep. Lied About Military Service, Blamed Arrest On PTSD

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics

Rhode Island state Rep. Daniel Gordon (R) was arrested Sunday and charged with driving on a suspended license, according to the Providence Journal. Th...

Small Town's High School Graduates Went To War After 9/11

AP | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS | Posted 10.28.2011 | Education

SUPERIOR, Mont. — Longtime guidance counselor Dan Lucier studies hallway-mounted photos of past graduating classes at Superior High School, poin...

This July 4th

Aloysius Boyle | Posted 09.03.2011 | Politics
Aloysius Boyle

Like our founding fathers, today's guardians of freedom continually apply their sweat and blood to preserve this as the land of the free and home of the brave. Daily, they are making a difference in the lives of so many Americans.

AmeriCorps Faces Budget Cuts At Height Of Civilian Enrollment

Aaron Marquez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Aaron Marquez

The Millennial Generation is ready to serve. But despite champions on both sides of the aisle in Congress, national service programs can't compete with powerful special interests groups.

Does Bradley Manning Have Rights?

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

A few days ago, I argued about whether Manning has the right to due process and the right not to be tortured. I believe he has rights, the other contributors disagreed. Captain David Price, a viewer and a retired JAG corps member, wrote in to clarify.

Chatting With Joe Manchin on DADT

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Manchin said that DADT was complicated for him and said "there were a lot of military in my state." What the senator needs to know is that the notion that military families are medieval on this subject is wrong.

Christian Support For Repealing DADT Is A Double-Edged Sword

Rose Marie Berger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rose Marie Berger

I can support equal rights for gays in the military, but there's the bigger question: As a Christian should I be supporting military participation at all?

All Kids Deserve to DREAM

Bruce Lesley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

A vote for the DREAM Act is a vote for children -- a vote to provide each and every child in America with the opportunity to fulfill their dreams.

The New York Times, Danish Cartoons v. WikiLeaks

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Frank Schaeffer

Maybe the Times and other respectable news outlets are right to publish the WikiLeaks. But their claim that they are only doing so because of the public's "right to know" rings hollow.

On Gay Bullying and DADT: Cindy McCain vs. John McCain

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.26.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

I can't help wondering whether Cindy McCain misses her straight-talking husband as much as I do -- a McCain that is going to be relevant to our future, not one we have to be ashamed of because he "delayed" the normalization of gay rights.

Caring Strangers Give Soldiers A Final Farewell

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Veterans Day serves as a national day of remembrance and appreciation of those who have dedicated their livelihoods -- and sometimes their lives -- to...

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Must End

Gary Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Johnson

A Federal Judge has done the right thing to order an immediate end to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' The government needs to let that ruling stand, and move on.

Obama's Iraq Speech: Ditch "Mission Accomplished" for "Shared Sacrifice"

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Instead of "Mission Accomplished," President Obama should do what was not done when the war began -- call upon all Americans to join in "Shared Sacrifice."

Mark Kirk's Comments On Military Service Questioned AGAIN: No Proof Plane Was Fired At In Iraq

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Archived video of Rep. Mark Kirk surfaced Wednesday showing the Illinois Senate hopeful claiming that he was shot at while flying aboard an aircraft i...

Joseph DuPar, Calumet Park Mayor, May Have Lied About Military Medals

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A former political opponent is calling on the mayor of Calumet Park to step down. That's because Mayor Joseph DuPar may have made false claims about ...