The Military

Help prevent vet suicide

When I spent the weekend at the Rolling Thunder veterans' rally in Washington, among the many wonderful people I met were some good folks working at the Veterans Crisis Line, a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program designed to help vets...

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Shinseki battles for homeless vets

When President Obama on Friday announced that Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan would become director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), he credited Donovan with lowering the number of homeless vets by more than...

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Obama's promise to veterans

"I'll be a President who ensures that America serves our men and women in uniform as well as they've served us, and that's why I'm proud to have the support of these veterans advising me on the issues facing our troops and veterans," Obama...

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No defense for Shinseki

It's Memorial Day weekend, a fitting moment and marker as the Obama administration tries to contain the devastating scandal engulfing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Retired Gen. Eric Shinseki, secretary of the VA for five years now, has...

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WWII vets storm memorial government shutdown barriers like the beaches of Normandy

They fought on he beaches of Normandy. Do we really think a little government shutdown is going to stop these guys?

Photos of Mississippi World War II veterans crashing the government shutdown barricades of the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., are making their way across the Internet. 

My uncle Bud was a part of last week's Honor Flight group, which few in for the day to visit the memorial dedicated to them and the war they fought in, a memorial that was built decades late so that many did not live to see it or were too old to make the trek. The Greater Peoria Honor Flight trip, as I'm sure are similar trips throughout the country, is a true highlight for these WWII vets and their families.

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A soldiers’ forum on Iraq: Bring in Wes Clark, Jim Webb and Larry Wilkerson

“At least we’re winning on the Fox evening news ... Dad’s gonna kill me.” — from Richard Thompson’s driving 2007 ballad on the war in Iraq

Again and again the apologists, those who have not already escaped retribution to the academy or the “think” tank, make the claim that no one challenged the nefarious triumvirate of Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and especially George W. Bush although the lies and deceptions were apparent to all. Let’s be specific about the New York Times editors, the Fox News commentators, the appeasing congressmen and senators then and now. Lets’ put their pictures on milk cartons.

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The Freudian error

Are women entitled to fight? Is anyone entitled to serve in the military? This attitude of “fairness” seems to get it completely backward.

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Hagel beyond defense

It's official — they are worried, and they should be.

The New York Times reported Friday that a top Obama administration official assigned to Iran policy expressed concern after former Sen. Chuck Hagel's (R-Neb.) dismal confirmation hearing Thursday in the Senate Armed Services committee.

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On women in combat

The Pentagon's decision to permit women in combat is drawing strong reactions from advocates and critics, with few conflicted voices stepping to the fore. For something involving the capability, safety and efficacy of our armed forces, this is surprising.

Most importantly, this decision has not come suddenly, not out of the blue. It was reached collectively, because commanders were convinced – by further integration of women throughout the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan this last decade — that they are fit for some combat operations. Though it is historic, because it makes the military more inclusive, it has come after decades in which many women have not only served and been held back from promotion, but have died as well.

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