Families in earlier wars got messages letting them know that their loved one wasn't returning. But with new technologies men and woman actually are coming home... and many aren't the same person who went to war.
It's not just the heroic servicemen and women who have fought on foreign soils that should be honored this Veteran's Day. The family members who stay behind to keep the home fires burning are also heroes.
As we finally arrive at this momentous Veterans Day, marked by the date 11-11-11 and saddled by 10 years of war, we as a nation are still struggling to understand what it means to be a U.S. military veteran.
Those who serve in the National Guard and Reserves fight shoulder to shoulder with our active duty troops in battle, yet upon their return home, do not have the same access to benefits and protections. This is wrong.
Years' hence our robots and our new "volunteers," may become our nation's representative in battle. So years' hence, when we come around to future Veterans Days, will we commemorate those American robots whose heroic termination was made for us?
My grandfather was a hero in the truest sense of the word. I hope his valiance lives inside me, but pray my courage is never tested in the way his was. For there is a toll that comes with such heroism.
Today, as the United States celebrates Veteran's Day, the Church celebrates Martin of Tours, a conscientious objector to war. Let us follow this subversive centurion in the way of Jesus, our ultimate Commander.
I became a hospice volunteer at the West Los Angeles VA to serve those who served, and learn what death had to teach. But a curious part of my study of life and death didn't happen at the bedside of veterans.
Today's news is filled with discussion about our national debt and what we must do about it. On this Veteran's Day, I would like to talk about another national debt -- the one we owe to our 24 million American vets.
Skyping with your spouse works well enough but apparently it is hard to get the kids to hang out on Skype for long. But in Chat Rounds, the kids can play games or watch cartoons with their parent half way across the world in some war zone.
Dave was a football player before he joined the Army. He played at the University of Miami at some point in the 80s. Somehow he ended up wearing Army Green instead of Eagles' Green, and the country is a better place because of it.
The Medal of Honor is this nation's highest combat award. The process of selection must remain exclusively with the Department of Defense for the medal to retain its valorous prominence -- on Veterans Day 2011 and for generations to come.
Why purple? Because purple is a blend of red and blue. When our all-volunteer military men and women enlist to serve our nation, they don't sign up to serve a red state or a blue state, or one political faction but not another, they serve America.