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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."
A Marine special operator’s fragmented legacy: Blast, impact, trauma, and everything that comes after
Traumatic brain injury is an 'invisible wound' I've suffered 17 times.
‘A dereliction of duty’ — Why the amphibious vehicle disaster that killed 9 servicemen was entirely preventable
“What ought one to say then as each hardship comes? I was practicing for this, I was training for this.” —Epictetus
‘I drew the line at lying to reporters’— A military spokesman calls for increased accountability and transparency
'Unshackled from the intolerant, old boys’ club culture found in the Marine Corps, I have started to feel like I can be myself and contribute in even more meaningful ways'
Biden needs to get us out of Afghanistan in May
Washington needs to leave Afghanistan and put its military involvement there in the rear-view mirror.
Removed from command: A two-star general’s mental health disaster and fight to recover
I survived this toughest of wars and am thriving once again.
A former Green Beret recalls the ‘captivating calm’ of helicopter infiltration
It’s the infil paradox.
No more delays, no more excuses: It’s time to get the hell out of Afghanistan once and for all
It's time stop listening to those who have been wrong for two decades.
A veteran’s 30-year journey to learn about a friend killed during the Vietnam War
"What a pointless waste of a remarkable young man’s life—and in a war with no light at the end of the tunnel."
Why talking about racism in the ranks will only make the US military stronger
Cohesive teams require trusting the person next to you.
Veterans need to be honest about their loneliness and boredom after serving
The best and worst thing about being in the military is that it is all-consuming.
The opportunities and challenges facing Lloyd Austin as defense secretary
Austin’s forty years in the military represent both the risk of inertia and a real opportunity to address serious issues.
America is bitterly divided. Here’s how our nation’s veterans can bring us together
America needs your service now more than ever.
Robert Bales murdered civilians in Afghanistan. A pardon would be a slap in the face to every service member
"A pardon of Robert Bales would soil our nation’s values and tarnish the honor and integrity of our nation’s warfighters."
Opinion: Veterans who stormed the Capitol should lose their federal benefits
Those who dared to enter the building by force or threat of violence should have every one of their federal benefits stripped immediately.
I dreamed of becoming a Marine my entire life. Then I learned I was undocumented
"I couldn’t work legally. I couldn’t get a driver’s license. Worst of all, I was prohibited from defending my country."
How to build more resilient and innovative US special operations teams
U.S. special operations forces are at a breaking point. Here's how to fix them.