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Don't Claim to Support the Troops If You Agree With Obama Sending 3,100 Soldiers to Iraq

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

There are numerous reasons why Obama's recent troop increase is not only ill-advised, but greatly disparages the phrase "Support the Troops" only days before Veterans Day.

The U.S. Soldier Who Killed Herself After Refusing to Take Part in Torture

Greg Mitchell | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

I have written about dozens of sad, tragic, individual cases. But one of the saddest of all concerns a young soldier who died eleven years ago last month, appalled when ordered to take part in interrogations that, no doubt, involved what most would call torture.

To The Military Mom I Saw In The Airport -- And All Those Who Sacrifice

Natalie Thomas | Posted 09.01.2014 | Parents
Natalie Thomas

Happy 4th of July to all who celebrate, both home and overseas. Those with their loved ones and those without. Those dreaming about a better tomorrow and those fighting for it.

American Hope

Sue Shanahan | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Sue Shanahan

"Children are hopes" -- Novalis I began work on the above illustration in 1999 through the advice of my then agent. It was all over the news at the...

After Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam, We Must Never Again Wage Counterinsurgency Wars and Urban Combat

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Armies are meant to fight other armies. Military forces are not designed to combat roadside bombs, civilians with a Kalashnikov, or evade ambush...

A Third to Prison, a Third to War, a Third to College: The Game of Chance with Ambassador Young

Maya Horgan | Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices
Maya Horgan

I see a common theme in the African American community -- a tolerance of the current state. "This system wasn't made for us, that's just how it is," I hear. This mentality permeates through world famous academics, and is widely read in higher education.

Obama Honors 24 Heroes Who Didn't Get Their Due

AP | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — They were heroes who didn't get their due. On Tuesday, 24 ethnic or minority U.S. soldiers who performed bravely under fire in ...

Hundreds Of Soldiers Dismissed From Sensitive Positions After Sexual Assault Review

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics

The Army has dismissed 588 soldiers from positions including recruiters and sexual assault counselors after they were found to have previously committ...

No Really, CrossFit Helped Me Understand Achilles

Vicky Alvear Shecter | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Vicky Alvear Shecter

The day I completed the "Murph" -- named after Lieutenant Michael Murphy from Patchogue, NY, who died in Afghanistan -- I finally understood the connection. By going deeper into the "being-ness" of physicality, we honored what he had lost. It made a kind of weird sense.

Veterans Day: War and Social Numbness

B.J. Garrison | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
B.J. Garrison

It should go without saying, one would think, that no reasonable human would see fake blood on a football uniform as cool. Simulated war from the safety of our sofa may be fun, but is it wise to glorify it in this way?

The Domestic Enemy

Captain Brandon J. Bettis | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Captain Brandon J. Bettis

While SSG Montgomery's story is not unique, it does paint an all too common picture within the ranks of the US Army. A Soldier commits suicide, and the survivors are left with countless questions. Questions that will probably never get answered.

Reporting for Duty. Again.

Eric Greitens | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Eric Greitens

Five million volunteers. Five million husbands, wives, sons, and daughters. Five million soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who have fought for a dozen years. Next year, the last of these men and women will come home from Afghanistan. What comes next for this generation of veterans? What will their legacy be?

WATCH: The HUGE Surprise She Got On-Camera

Posted 07.01.2013 | Weddings

Just nine days after returning home to Georgia from Afganistan, First Lt. Ariel Castro had something special he wanted to ask his girlfriend of two ye...

LOOK: Touching Moment Marine Walks To Give Hug

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 05.10.2013 | Good News

Before Justin Baldridge came home from Afghanistan, a friend in his U.S. Marine unit who lost both of his legs, made him a promise: He would walk to h...

Twisted Rhetoric on the Anniversary of the Iraq War

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Rick Ayers

There are honorable deaths, there may be necessary wars. But this was neither honorable nor necessary. Does telling the truth blame the soldiers? It shouldn't, but it certainly should make the powerful less comfortable.

Golden Globes, Playboy Centerfolds, and Murder: 'Wiseguy' Ken Wahl's Life Reads Like a Hollywood Script

Joan K. Smith | Posted 05.11.2013 | Celebrity
Joan K. Smith

I was able to speak to Wahl recently for a rare interview, to shed some light on a life with more twists and turns than any movie script, as well as the charitable causes that are spurring him back into the public eye.

The Effects and the Reality of the Vietnam War as a "2nd Generation Legacy"

Suzanne Edwards | Posted 05.11.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Edwards

A great number of veterans and their families will forever be captured in this black hole as its force can be too great to escape. Perhaps this is the enduring legacy of the Vietnam War.

The Sweetest Airport Goodbye Ever

AP | Posted 03.06.2013 | Weddings

COLONIE, N.Y. — A military couple has enlisted the help of a New York airport's staff to get married while awaiting flights to their respective ...

Those Who Say 'I Support the Troops' Really Don't

Michael Moore | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Michael Moore

I don't support the troops, America, and neither do you. Here's what I do support: I support them coming home. And the best way you can support me -- and the ideals our country says it believes in -- is to get out of the military as soon as you can and never look back.

The Man in the Snow

Daniel Davis | Posted 02.20.2013 | Impact
Daniel Davis

Soldier families suffer indescribable pain and suffering from dealing with those hundreds of thousands of casualties. But to most of us the above is a stat sheet; merely numbers. We are unable to relate to what those numbers mean in a practical, emotional, and spiritual sense.

In Post-Deployment Reintegration, Families Struggle To Reconnect

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.16.2012 | Impact

With two wars drawing to a close, military families that were accustomed to living apart are reintegrating. On a segment for HuffPost Live, guests Jef...

The 2,000th Death in a War That 'Should Be Over'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 12.01.2012 | World
Dorian de Wind

On June 14, in its now all-too-familiar, all-too-businesslike format, the Department of Defense announced the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

WATCH: Soldier Draws Fire Away From Squad In Afghanistan

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.27.2012 | World

"I got a hit a total of 4 times," reads a video description on YouTube, posted by a U.S. soldier after a recent firefight against insurgents in Afghan...

Mad, Bad, Sad: What’s Really Happened to America’s Soldiers

Nan Levinson | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Nan Levinson

Victim is one of the two roles we allow our soldiers and veterans (the other is, of course, hero), but most don't have PTSD, and this isn't one of those stories.

Another U.S. Soldier Killed by Enemy Disguised as Afghan Police -- Enough Is Enough

Bob Geiger | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Bob Geiger

Despite all that we veterans agree on these days, one of the sticking points in our conversations is invariably the debate over whether our troops still have a mission in Afghanistan.