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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.

A New Way for America

Sunil Sharan | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics
Sunil Sharan

Two bruising wars have left America bankrupt and its military enervated. While our footprint might intoxicate Washington's elite and the military brass, our recent failures call into question whether America has over-extended itself.

Supporting the War Fighter

Mike Hogg | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
Mike Hogg

Service members with loved ones with chronic illnesses are dependent upon the military health care insurance company for treatments and therapies only found in the civilian sector. However, it has become an increasing practice for Tricare to deny military families benefits, leaving many in a precarious position.

Pundit Blames Gays In Military For Disturbing Recent Trend

Posted 06.04.2013 | Gay Voices

The 2011 repeal of the U.S. military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy has received almost unanimous praise from lesbian, gay, bisexual a...

Disturbing Military Problem Has Deep Roots

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Sexual assault occurs in myriad settings and the perpetrators come from every swath of U.S. society. Yet as recent incidents and reports m...

Iraq Veteran Congresswoman Condemns 'Predators' In Uniform

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) spoke out on Friday against the crisis of sexual assaults in the military, Hawaii News Now reported. Gabbard, who is...

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.

Final Salute: For Everyone Who Opened the Door

Marie Woolf | Posted 07.29.2013 | Books
Marie Woolf

Of the thousands of family members I worked with, what I found most surprising, and affecting, was their trust.

Help Me Give Back to Vets and Their Families

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey there folks, I'd like your help, if you're able, to raise money for nonprofits who work with veterans and military families. The Veterans Charit...

The Invisible War and Unlimited Power

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

On Memorial Day we honored those who died in war. We carry forth that honor by being honorable ourselves and by helping create and sustain a military culture as an honorable place to serve, a place where people honor each other's personhood and body.

Forty Years of Heartbreak: Let the People of Diego Garcia Return to their Homeland

David Vine | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
David Vine

It's long past time our country acknowledges its responsibility for the Chagossians' exile and ensures these demands are met. Especially compared to the billions we've spent on Diego Garcia, it would take pennies to help repair the lives of those who've suffered for the base.

War -- What Is It Good For? Some Memorial Day Reflections

Steve Heilig | Posted 05.28.2013 | World
Steve Heilig

It's said that everything looks like a nail if you're holding a hammer; the United States has long had many more "hammers" than it needs. I consider myself a patriot, but blind patriotism is really meaningless. We can both honor those who have sacrificed and do much better.

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 ...

20 Post-50 Celebrities Who've Served In The Military

Pat Gallagher | Posted 07.27.2013 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

Here are 20 post-50 celebrities -- that are, thankfully, still alive and well -- who took the pledge to serve America so that every person could savor their freedom while enjoying 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.'

Jon Ward

Green Berets Overcome Loss Of Limbs And Look To Help Others Do Same

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 05.27.2013 | Good News

WACO, Texas -- Some people see it as a mixed blessing that modern medicine has saved the lives of many soldiers, only to produce huge numbers of amput...

This Memorial Day, Let Us Honor but also Resolve

Dorian de Wind | Posted 07.25.2013 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

This is the sixth year in a row that I have the opportunity and the privilege to write a message honoring all the men and women who have made the u...

The Whole of National Sacrifice

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Democratizing service and sacrifice would revitalize the meaning of citizenship, regenerate the civil-military relationship, and introduce an inclusiveness to help us find a more common basis of strength in our dangerously divided nation.

My Life As A Military Wife

atwar.blogs.nytimes.com | Posted 05.22.2013 | Weddings

When I graduated from college, I planned on being the next Diane Sawyer. My hubris took me to a small television station down south where I was a gene...

House Poised To Address Military Sexual Assaults

AP | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

BY RICHARD LARDNER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Determined to check the growing epidemic of sexual assaults in the armed forces, a House panel is poised t...

Sexual Assaults, Suicide and Misconduct in the Military

Robert Weller | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Robert Weller

The all-volunteer military has been hit by a growing wave of sexual assaults and suicides. As usual in the U.S., most attention has focused on how to control the problems, rather than why they are happening.

If it Ain't Broke, Don't Fix it-But it is Broke!

Tom Carpenter | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

By removing the power of the "convening authority" from commanding generals any appearance of impropriety on the part of a commander is eliminated. Claims of undue command influence in the legal system would stop.

The 5th Annual U.S. Military Spouse Contest

Sara Taney Humphreys | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Sara Taney Humphreys

For the past few years, as a special thank you to our service members and their families, I've held a contest just for military spouses. It turned out to be an incredibly rewarding experience.

Having a Bad Day?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

Having a Bad Day? The U.S. Military certainly is having a very bad day. It is reeling from a spate of very public and embarrassing sexual assault and...

Shameful: Washington Times Column Blames Female Service Members for Assault, Calls Them Liars

Miranda Petersen | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
Miranda Petersen

Rowan Scarborough's article published Sunday in the Washington Times is a perfect illustration of a culture of misogyny and victim blaming, which has perpetuated the ongoing epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the United States Military.

We Must Change the Culture of Violence Against Women in the Military

Terry O'Neill | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Is "military justice" for women an oxymoron? I hope not, but this has been an eye-opening week about the culture of violence against women in the military.