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The military has a suicide crisis. Its leaders bear most of the blame
Since 9/11, about 7,057 service members have died in military operations. In the same time period, an estimated 30,177 service members and veterans have died by suicide.
Opinion: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin must resign
Resignation won’t atone for lives lost, or the debacle that American involvement in Afghanistan became, but it would at least demonstrate an understanding of professional ethics.
It’s time to stop awarding the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
The routine of getting the award has become so perfunctory that it's essentially meaningless.
How a few good ‘Bastards’ from the Army National Guard helped secure the Kabul airport
“No one could’ve predicted how this unfolded. The entire situation was surreal.”
On Sept. 10, I was in a ‘peacetime’ military. The next day we went to war
What it was like checking into a new unit the day before the world changed.
America’s longest war is finally over. Now it’s time to learn from our mistakes
Any prognosis of Washington’s misadventure in Afghanistan must account for three critical errors in judgment, each of which proved to be a major inflection point in the conflict.
An Afghan War veteran describes the ‘detachment’ of watching his war end
Anyone who’d spent five minutes in Afghanistan in the last 20 years knew it was a failed state waiting to happen.
I fought in Afghanistan. Those who served there always feared it would fall apart
Our politicians threw us into another war with no end state, no exit strategy, and no purpose.
What a stolen motorcycle reveals about America’s failed strategy in Afghanistan
An excerpt from 'Reign of Terror' by Spencer Ackerman.
A Marine’s new book is a ‘deeply lyrical account’ of infantry life in the Post 9/11 age
If there is such a thing as literary justice, you will eventually find Tellessen’s truth shelved alongside Sledge and Leckie and O’Brien.
The ‘Forever Wars’ aren’t really ending under President Biden
Forever war keeps on simmering, and it could all too easily boil again.
‘You either went to war or you didn’t’ — How deployments divide the vet community
There is an unspoken caste system among veterans.
Inside SERE School, where military-grade hide-and-seek meets life-and-death struggle
The first rule they teach is “don’t get caught.”
Americans don’t know how to talk about the military
Service members are seen as an abstract concept by civilians, but they don't have to be.
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US withdrawal from Afghanistan will be chaotic and bloody — but it’s the right call
“We’re ending America’s longest war."
The US military needs to burn down its zero-tolerance weed policy
It’s time to reform the zero-tolerance policy for marijuana use in the military.
US Marine veteran details serving during the ‘witch hunt’ of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
"Gays lived deeply closeted lives, and I didn’t know a single gay person."
Army veteran reveals a painkiller addiction, overdose, and the ‘out of body’ experience that saved his life
For at least five hours, I was out of body. Let me explain...
This Memorial Day, I’m thinking of the wounded US Marine I couldn’t save
“At least he could have his guys with him when he dies,” I said.
Memorial Day doesn’t need to be treated as a national military funeral
"Don’t be ashamed to have a good time this Memorial Day — that’s part of the gift that’s been bestowed to you"
I’ll never forget the Marine memorial ceremonies I attended in Fallujah
"Like many military veterans, Memorial Day is not abstract to me. It is personal; a moment when we remember our friends."
As the War in Afghanistan nears its end, a Marine’s guilt intensifies
“My mind won’t let go,” writes a Marine veteran of Afghanistan. “The farther I get from those days, the heavier my guilt.”
What Ted Cruz doesn’t understand about those ‘woke’ Army recruiting commercials
We need more patriotic Americans willing to serve in our armed forces — and fewer ignorant politicians making their job harder.
For an ‘Afghan Hand,’ explosions and crashes echo loss and ‘a romanticized idea of adventure’
“His story is so much the story of Afghanistan: youth destroyed violently while fighting for a better home."