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Veterans Day

Veterans Day for New Americans

William J. vanden Heuvel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William J. vanden Heuvel

We are all here because America is the land where we believe, as the Founding Fathers wrote, that "we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights and among those rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." That is the definition of America that each generation is challenged to understand, to advance, to make real.

To Honor Veterans, Help Those Fighting the Invisible War

Christine Pelosi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

We have the power this Veterans Day to use more than words but deeds to honor veterans. Our time of service begins with acknowledging that far too many service members past and present are fighting an invisible war from PTSD and military sexual assault.

Original 'Rosie The Riveter' Gets A Call From Joe Biden

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

We know that Vice President Joe Biden is keen on making memorable phone calls to mark important milestones, and this Veterans Day was no exception. ...

Thank You, Veterans

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

We offer a salute to all veterans from contributing illustrator Paul Combs. Click to see the whole thing....

Borinqueneers Deserve Their Gold Medals

National Council of La Raza | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The Borinqueneers was the only Hispanic-segregated active-duty unit ever in the U.S. Armed Forces that played a prominent role in three U.S. wars.

Honoring Our Veterans

Richard H. Carmona, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard H. Carmona, M.D.

They put on their country's uniform to protect the principles of liberty on which our country was founded; brave men and women who put their lives in the face of danger to protect our freedom. They're heroes.

Bringing Home to the Soldier

Colleen Morton Busch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Colleen Morton Busch

A soldier preparing to deploy trains intensely. Coming home is a different story. Veterans who've spent months, perhaps years, bonded to their peers by a shared mission often return to find themselves alienated from their loved ones and their homeland and longing for the camaraderie and urgency of deployment.

This Is What It Would Look Like If We Spent Money On Helping Veterans Instead Of Guantanamo

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

Monday is Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of those who have helped defend their nation. Along with paying resp...

On Veterans Day, Remember The Ways We've Left Veterans Behind

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business

Even as President Obama and other Americans remember the service of veterans on Monday, the reality is that, in many ways, the U.S. economy has alread...

5 Veterans Who Will Make You Proud To Be Latino

The Huffington Post | Ana Benedetti | Posted 11.11.2013 | Latino Voices

Latino veterans form an important part of American history. Since the United States fought for its independence in the late 18th century, there have b...

Armistice Day: The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month

Sandi Bachom | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Sandi Bachom

My grandmother, Catherine Mackenzie McCrae Higgins, was born in Canada. She said, "aboat" and, "eh?", put two syllables in "film" and invariably told the same story every year, that her cousin, Lt Col John McCrae wrote a poem in WWI called, "In Flanders Fields."

Mexican American Civil Rights Leaders To Remember On Veterans' Day

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.11.2013 | Latino Voices

Many Americans remember veterans most for their actions overseas. But as the United States takes a day to remember those who have died serving in the ...

6 Veterans Who Are Creating Real Change In Politics, Business, Service

Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact

A nonprofit is aiming to advance the conversation surrounding vets -- holding what are essentially TED talks to share "big ideas" and innovations surr...

JFK and World War I: How We Celebrate Two Tragedies Tells Us Who We Are

Michael Vlahos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Vlahos

Remembering is important, but remembering uncomfortable truths is more important. Most important today is our collectively knowing that, unlike America in 1963-64, we have finally tired of war, and the deaths of so many -- at least for now.

Obama Pays Tribute To Oldest Living Veteran

AP | STACY A. ANDERSON | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

ARLINGTON, Va. — ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday paid tribute to those who have served in the nation's military, includ...

Hundreds Attend Funeral Of 99-Year-Old WWII Veteran Who Died Without Family

AP | Posted 11.11.2013 | Good News

LONDON -- LONDON (AP) — Hundreds have attended the funeral of a 99-year-old former World War II airman who died without family after a nursing home ...

Greater Partnerships With Universities, Other Community Resources Needed to Help Veterans

Rep. Patrick Kennedy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rep. Patrick Kennedy

As Americans, we have a duty to provide our nation's heroes with the care and resources they need. Health care reform provides an historic opportunity to find new, collaborative approaches that could better serve them.

What Military Rations Taste Like, According to an Active Serviceman.

Thrillist | Posted 11.11.2013 | Taste

(It's Not Pretty.)

No 'Armistice' in Washington's Global War on Veterans Day 2013

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Tom Engelhardt

In 1954, nine years after World War II ended, with the previous "great" conflict having proved anything but -- as once advertised -- the war to end all wars, and the memory of its armistice fading, the holiday was officially relabeled Veterans Day.

Armistice Day, Ieper and the Last Post

Susan Kraus | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Susan Kraus

On November 11th, 2013, the Last Post ceremony will have been conducted 29,394 times. Every cemetery has a story, as does every cross. And while it sounds like it would be terrifically depressing to visit, it isn't. It's a privilege to be allowed to bear witness.

The Best Laid Plans

Peter Calabrese | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Peter Calabrese

Happy Veterans Day! And a Happy 238th Birthday to the Marine Corps. The admiration of a grateful nation is with all our veterans today.

From Veteran's Day to National Service Day

Christopher Holshek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Just cutting the defense budget and rebalancing to the Reserves will go only so far to make us stronger, more secure, and most of all freer. Institutionalizing national service and sacrifice will help restore enduring national strengths.

Help Veterans By Taking Them Off The Pedestal | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact

My generation of veterans has adopted an odd moniker: The Next Greatest Generation. We grew up watching Band of Brothers and found parallels in this d...

Honoring The Moments Which Define Us This Veterans Day

John I. Pray, Jr. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
John I. Pray, Jr.

"No -- thank YOU," he exclaimed. "You don't know how important this is for us to get these reminders of home, of our way of life. You remind us of what it is to be an American and let us know we are not lost or forgotten."

Jesus, Poor Veterans and the Grass That Suffers (Luke 21: 5-19)

Billy Honor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Billy Honor

There is a popular African proverb that says when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. This proverb highlights the reality that too often while nations and powerful entities fight amongst themselves, the common people of the land suffer the most.