2014 Tribute to the Troops - May 22, 2014

Reflections on Memorial Day

Every day — but especially on Memorial Day — I’m reminded what a privilege it is to serve in our nation’s military.

Be there for the ones who were there for you

As another Memorial Day approaches, we are reminded to stop and pay tribute to our fallen heroes from past and current wars — to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom and security of this great

The Coast Guard Family Campaign

For nearly 224 years the men and women of the United States Coast Guard have answered this nation’s call, protecting people on the sea, protecting the nation against threats delivered from the sea and protecting the sea i

Eliminating veteran homelessness by 2015

In 2009, President Obama and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki set an ambitious goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015.

We must improve Veterans Affairs

Without a doubt, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs to do better by our veterans.

Gay, lesbian veterans deserve equal benefits

Every year on Memorial Day, our nation gathers at cemeteries, monuments and community centers to pay respect to the men and women of our armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to the United States.

From combat gear to cap and gown

The end of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars is driving a boom in higher education as returning veterans seek college degrees using their federal benefits.

A legacy in the balance

The Defense Department recently announced its plan to downsize the military to the smallest size in 74 years. In our ‘new’ military, fewer sons, daughters, spouses and parents will serve in uniform.