Just because you killed Osama bin Laden, seized tons of illegal narcotics or rescued hundreds of lives in a natural disaster, it does not mean you will gain monetary income for life through the government.
I urge every American to watch The Invisible War and hear the stories therein. And to those few in the position to influence this year's Oscar considerations, I urge you to consider what your vote in the documentary category can mean for America
Growing conflicts over water and food, refugees fleeing storm-battered regions, and other impacts of climate change-related events worldwide threaten our nation's security. They also put our soldiers in harm's way.
Americans saw our troops at 4 a.m. Afghanistan time standing at attention while our national anthem was sung in balmy New Orleans and while a driving snowstorm was battering their tents at Camp Courage.
It would almost be funny if it weren't so sad. Four days of military commission hearings at Guantanamo Bay this past week yielded little more than confusion about the law and heightened suspicion of the U.S. government.
Any embed with American troops takes a spiraling nebula of approvals. Public affairs-savvy U.S. officers in today's Afghanistan are sticking to well-honed talking points. But for some reason, the Afghanistan Foreigner Registration Card is the thing that causes me the most anxiety.