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Stop Freaking Out About Ebola and Support the Troops (A Note From a Military Girlfriend)

Briana Murphy | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Briana Murphy

We, as citizens of this incredible nation, must rise to the task of supporting those who will be at the front lines of eradicating Ebola. Our Soldiers are representing America in a noble mission that is difficult and necessary in order to protect our country and the greater global society.

Support Our Troops: A Few Thoughts On Memorial Day

Courtney McKinney | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Courtney McKinney

I support our troops to the core -- as human brothers and sisters of mine (and as a member of a military family). Would you want to send your family members to war? Do you even know what that means? Have you really thought about it?

California Church Faces Fine For 'Support Our Troops' Sign

The Huffington Post | Byron Kittle | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics

A church in Nevada County, Calif., has been ordered by local officials to remove a sign that says, "Support Our Troops," or face a fine. According ...

Reflections on the Fourth of July

William Astore | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
William Astore

As a nation, we want to clap our troops on the back and tell them what great and noble deeds they've done in our name. Yet we hesitate to probe more deeply into their experiences -- or their pain.

When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again

Dave Helfert | Posted 04.09.2012 | Home
Dave Helfert

When Vietnam veterans returned to "the world," there were no parades. It was like nobody but their families even noticed they'd been gone. Last December, when U.S. bases were handed over and the last combat units returned home, there were no parades.

Four Great Places To Donate Used Books

Milkshake | Posted 04.01.2012 | Good News
Milkshake

True to Milkshake form, we believe that the best way to lighten your bookshelves is by donating all the unwanted paperbacks (and hardcovers, of course) to charity. Not sure where to send your books?

Volunteer Sends 85,000 Cards To Troops

Gig Harbor Patch | Posted 11.29.2011 | Impact

Lots of programs aimed at helping U.S. troops overseas feel connected to home include sending homemade cards with personal messages of support. A Gig...

"Support Our Troops": What It Means

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

"Support Our Troops," in this veteran's opinion, does not mean unquestioned support of our government's decisions and its wars. Anything less than critical debate does a disservice to our troops.

Who Supports the U.S. Soldier?

Gabriel Ledeen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gabriel Ledeen

"Supporting" the soldier necessarily means sharing his desire for victory. From this perspective, there is an inherent contradiction in claiming to "support" the soldier while taking actions that undercut his efforts.

The Afghan War and Examining Heads

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

The future is now, Mr. Secretary. It's time to end our costly and futile wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It's time to support our troops by bringing them home.

Six Vows to Support Our Troops

William J. Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William J. Astore

Let's start listening to them. And when we do -- when we begin to recognize them in all their frailty and complexity -- we'll realize they're as restless and conflicted about our wars as many of us are.

Patriotic Mom Keeps Troops Warm With Handmade Blue Jean Blankets

Posted 11.16.2012 | Impact

Terri Daniels' son is a 22-year-old solider stationed in northern Afghanistan where temperatures are plummeting this time of year. So Daniels is worki...

Cow Most Sacred: Why Military Spending Remains Untouchable

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

U.S. military outlays today equal that of every other nation on the planet combined, a situation without precedent in modern history. What are Americans getting for their money? Sadly, not much.

Bumper-Sticker Patriotism Is No Way to Honor Our Veterans

Aaron Sorkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Sorkin

If you really want to honor our troops you won't use them for an easy applause line, you won't use them to get votes, or, most insulting to them of all, to divide us into real Americans and fake Americans.

Maryland Nonprofit And Community Volunteers Renovate Disabled Boy's Home

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

When Danny Barry was eight years old, he suffered a diabetic stroke that left him disabled. Doctors informed the Barrys that their son would never be ...

Gen. Petraeus Goes to War, Mrs. Petraeus Loses to Car Salesman in Congress

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The argument that "car dealers had nothing to do with the economic crisis" doesn't wash. Reform is designed to prevent the next crisis as much as it is to avoid a repeat of the last one.

Waging the Battle at Home

Bob Woodruff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Woodruff

More than a holiday, Memorial Day is an enduring symbol of the responsibility we share to ensure that "support our troops" -- including those with hidden injuries -- isn't just a slogan.

Liberals Support Our Troops Too

Kim Mance | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kim Mance

Coming from a very conservative background, I've heard liberals called every name in the book throughout my childhood -- especially when it comes to p...