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The Military Chaplaincy Needs to Become More Diverse

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 10.16.2013 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

"Jason Heap's bid to become the nation's first humanist military chaplain brings all of these questions to the fore. How ought we to understand our military chaplaincies, in light of changes to our nation's religious make-up?"

VA Gives Vets Up to a Year of Retroactive Benefits for Using FDCs to Help Reduce the Backlog

Craig Newmark | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The Department of Veterans Affairs is reducing the backlog in disability claims with approaches including Fully Developed Claims, FDCs.

POLITICO's Darren Samuelsohn Discusses Military Sexual Assault E

92nd Street Y | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

As part of 92Y's ongoing partnership with POLITICO.com, we spoke with Senior Policy Reporter Darren Samuelsohn at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D...

PHOTOS: Belgium's Vintage WWII Vehicle Cemetery

Tom Moran | Posted 10.09.2013 | Travel
Tom Moran

In a narrow woodland clearing near the village of Chatillon, in southern Belgium, was arguably one of Europe's most intriguing vehicle cemeteries. (...

The Massive Government Train Wreck Nobody's Really Talking About

Dan Treadway | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Dan Treadway

What's $1.5 trillion? Well, even if you reduce the figure to take into account inflation, it's enough to cover any estimate of the outstanding student loan debt in America or patch up much of the nation's aging infrastructure.

WATCH: Gillibrand On Military Sexual Assault, Whistleblowers, Snowden

Huffington Post | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

During an impromptu visit to HuffPost Live, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) sat down with host Josh Zepps to discuss her bill to prevent military ...

Mass Media Helps Keep Americans in the Dark About U.S. Foreign Policy

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 10.07.2013 | Media
Mark Weisbrot

What would U.S. foreign, military, and so-called "national security" policy look like if the media reported the most important facts about it?

Retiring the American Empire

John Feffer | Posted 10.04.2013 | World
John Feffer

If the United States were to change its global behavior, it might discover that the calls for early retirement fade. Then, as a more cooperative international player, America could truly enjoy its imperial twilight in the sure knowledge that the deluge is not imminent.

Why Would Atheists in the Military Want Their Own Chaplains?

Chris Stedman | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Chris Stedman

The debate over humanist chaplains in the military has been heating up recently. Last week, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins offered several of the most common sentiments held by those who oppose the effort to create this resource for nonreligious members of the military.

Interview: Swords to Plowshares

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.29.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Jordan Towers, Social Media Coordinator for Swords to Plowshares, talked about how the org has provided core services, like housing, employment, and training to vets since 1974.

Remembering the 'Forgotten War'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

It has been 60 years since the end of a war that many Americans call "The Forgotten War." While the Korean War may be for many "a conflict fought...

Mystic Chords of Memory and the 'Heroes' of War

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

When I first arrived in America a few years ago, one of the first things I noticed was the road name, Jefferson Davis Highway. For a moment, I wondere...

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.

The US Bogeyman in Post-Coup Egypt

James Dorsey | Posted 09.23.2013 | World
James Dorsey

The US reaction to the Egypt coup shows that its policy hinges on two ideas: democracy and stability, which constitutes the dilemma. As a result this perpetually causes it problems in the region.

War and the Afghan Shepherd

Ward Carroll | Posted 09.23.2013 | World
Ward Carroll

My clearest view of the war and how it might turn out came during my days in Paktika Province near the border with Pakistan when I was embedded with elements of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division.

Planet Earth as a U.S. Military Base

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.22.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

In our time, the U.S. military has been sent into numerous wars, failed to win a single one, and created plenty of blowback. But hey, who has to win a specific war when it's "wartime" all the time?

Iraq Invades the United States

Eduardo Galeano | Posted 09.22.2013 | World
Eduardo Galeano

Many civilians, most of them women and children, were killed or maimed. No one knows how many, because tradition dictates tabulating the losses suffered by invading troops and prohibits counting victims among the invaded population.

Taxpayers Funding Swanky Mansions For Top Military Brass

latimes.com | Posted 07.21.2013 | Politics

A Pentagon report questions the high costs of villas and mansions for top generals and admirals. ...

WATCH: The Military and Intelligence: Out of the Shadows

Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact

This livestream is part of our coverage of the Aspen Security Forum. For more from the series, click here. DATE: July 20, 2013. TIME: 3:30p – 4:3...

'Conscience Protections': Death of the Military Chaplaincy?

Tom Carpenter | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Many military chaplains celebrated the recent finding that DOMA was unconstitutional, not just because as a matter of justice, but also because overturning this law will make their jobs much easier. Some conservative chaplains who serve an important function supporting these commanders do not agree. Why?

Sport And Society for Arete

Richard Crepeau | Posted 09.15.2013 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

Over the last few years, with the Vietnam War fading into history and the military draft a thing of the past, the relationship between the general population of the United States and the U.S. Military has changed considerably.

The Amazing Story Of A Real Life Hostage Rescue

Thomas R. Combs | Posted 09.12.2013 | Fifty
Thomas R. Combs

September 1970. Within an hour of landing our C-130's in England, we were airborne and heading south. I stood in the flight deck as the navigator ripped open a sealed envelope and read it over the intercom to the rest of us. Terrorists had hijacked a commercial airliner and flown it to the desert somewhere in the Middle East.

Solar Impulse Lifts Solar Industry to New Heights

Rhone Resch | Posted 09.11.2013 | Green
Rhone Resch

Someone once said: "Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world's greatest need." Without question, the pilots of Solar Impul...

Four Misconceptions About Being in a Military Family

Morgan Kistler | Posted 07.11.2013 | Parents
Morgan Kistler

There's more to being a military family than what meets the eye. Every single year during transfer season your heart breaks. It breaks when you watch your children say goodbye to their best friends, and when you say goodbye to your best friends.

Read On and Move Forward if You Are a Veteran

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, VA doctors have told me that no one goes to war and comes back unchanged. Readjusting to civilian life can be challenging no matter where you are; at home, in the workplace, or at school.