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War in Afghanistan: Enough Is Enough

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

President Obama is my President, he is the leader of my party, and I voted for him twice. But on the issue of Afghanistan, President Obama is wrong. Dead wrong.

A Tale of Government Contracting at Its Worst

Paul Alexander | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Paul Alexander

A new controversy at the Department of Defense has raised troubling questions about competency, perhaps even national security.

The Millennial Solution - Iraq's Peaceful End

Richard Fowler | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
Richard Fowler

Our generation deserves a meaningful end to a baby-boomer/warmonger created conflict and that end must include rational conversation, not more boots on the ground. The only way to honor the lives of those that have fallen in Iraq is to forge a meaningful peace in the region.

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?

McChrystal On The Afghanistan War: 'We Made It Harder Than It Needed To Be'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal discussed the war in Afghanistan on HuffPost Live Wednesday. While McChrystal did not call the war a failed effort,...

A President Who Salutes Others

Ken Adelman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Ken Adelman

On the eve of a weekend celebrating President's Day, it's nice to remember a President who didn't celebrate himself, as so many have. A President who saluted others -- especially the men and women in uniform.

Media Omission: Coffman Favors Re-deployment of Advisory Troops in Iraq

Jason Salzman | Posted 03.16.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

On a Denver radio show Friday, Rep. Mike Coffman expressed regret that U.S. troops are not currently in Iraq, and he said that he'd deploy U.S. milita...

Why Do Vets Care About Climate Change?

Jon Soltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jon Soltz

When you think of the kinds of people banding together to fight climate change, the men and women who served America in uniform usually aren't the first ones to come to mind. But nothing could be further from the truth.

In Praise of Ordinary Men Who Became Heroes

Cindi Bigelow | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Cindi Bigelow

The price to preserve freedom is always a costly one, but it offers a lesson that every school child and adult in America should be reminded of again and again. These are lessons of history that can never be forgotten for the sake of those who died

How a Shutdown Affects Troops and Veterans

Jon Soltz | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

We know who will be impacted by a shutdown by Republicans, and we know it will be bad. The degree to which it will be bad is what is up in the air. When it comes to troops and veterans, much of that holds true.

Ted Cruz Threatens Troops, Veterans, and Their Families

Jon Soltz | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

For all the bluster from Senator Ted Cruz about the false reasons to fear Obamacare, the irony is that veterans should fear him and his Tea Party cohorts in the House of Representatives. After all, they're on a course to block troops and veterans from the health care they're owed.

Why Troops Are Against Syria Strikes

Jon Soltz | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Military members, above all, know that use of force -- short of an imminent danger -- is a last resort. And we're not at that point yet.

Pentagon Now Out Front on Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Alexander Nicholson | Posted 10.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Alexander Nicholson

The swift expansion of equal marriage recognition and benefits to all Americans -- especially to all who serve -- was the right thing for our country to do, and the Pentagon is now firmly out front in embracing this change.

Interview: Full Circle Home

Craig Newmark | Posted 10.07.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Full Circle Home's doing some really good work. Through donations and corporate partnerships, Full Circle Home has arranged for gift boxes to be sent on behalf of service members to the home front, since 2007.

Military Sequester: False Savings, Real Debt

Hal Donahue | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Hal Donahue

The sequester is a Republican-demanded house of mirrors reducing national security while creating the illusion of short term saving by creating longer term, larger and more expensive debt. Troops and their families suffer at all levels.

Operation Supply Drop: Benefiting Our Troops With Video Games

Jayson DeMers | Posted 09.02.2013 | Good News
Jayson DeMers

Video games have been shown to help relieve stress, and provide soldiers with a sense of escape from the day-to-day hazards and stresses of deployment. Fascinated by this idea, I sat down for an interview to learn more about Operation Supply Drop and how it's benefiting our troops.

For-Profit College Trade Group: Protectors of Bad Behavior

David Halperin | Posted 08.18.2013 | Business
David Halperin

A trade association of for-profits college could work to advantage those honest member schools who actually are helping students to learn and train for careers. But APSCU, instead, appears to subscribe to the quick buck ethos of its biggest, wealthiest, most powerful members.

Blowing Billions on Nukes to Fight the (Long Dead) USSR

Jon Soltz | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

At a time when the budget is stretched to the breaking point because of poor decisions like the sequester, choices need to be made. If the choice is between taking care of our troops and veterans or protecting Europe from a ghost, it should be an easy choice to make.

Fatherhood Lessons From Our Troops

Jim Higley | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
Jim Higley

I've been a dad long enough to know that the real value of fathering is found in the unplanned, day-to-day moments. Reading letters from these soldiers is a humbling reminder of the countless moments that our military dads -- and the fathers of those who serve -- give up and lose.

The Art of War

Lisa Longo | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

War should be noticeable. It should be about sacrifice. When there are men and women dying, we should be paying attention.

LOOK: Memorial Day Honored Across The Country

AP | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Americans gathered at cemeteries, memorials and monuments nationwide to honor fallen military service members on Memorial ...

7th Annual Project Healing Waters Two-Fly Tournament Raises $220,000

Ed Felker | Posted 07.02.2013 | Sports
Ed Felker

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing utilizes fly fishing and fly tying in the rehabilitation of disabled servicemen and women in Military Hospitals, VA Medical Centers and Warrior Transition Units all across the country.

Actor Romany Malco Visits Troops, Returns a Changed Man

Tamar Abrams | Posted 06.25.2013 | Celebrity
Tamar Abrams

Now back in the US, Romany Malco says he would happily go on another USO tour but he says that the experience in Afghanistan has changed him greatly.

The Power of Print: $1.5 Million Dollars Raised for Troops

Mike Landers | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Mike Landers

From all of us here at the Armed Services YMCA, thank you for helping make military life easier.

Working to Improve the Lives of Veterans: Project Welcome Home Troops

Robert Piper | Posted 05.27.2013 | Impact
Robert Piper

Countless stories in history of individuals overcoming some of the most extreme hardships are the result of a resilient brain. Project Welcome Home Troops is working to improve the quality of life for thousands of veterans in America through their resilience building program.