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The VA needs to do more to protect nurses and doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic
Former Veterans Affairs secretary David Shulkin says that the department isn't doing enough to protect its healthcare workers — and that could have dire consequences as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
The VA needs to do more in the fight against COVID-19
Advocates demand that the Department of Veterans Affairs act quickly to help veterans protect their benefits and health.
We are all in combat now
What my wars taught me about dealing with COVID-19
How the US military’s coronavirus response may screw over the reserves
The endless pursuit of lethality combined with perverse incentives for commanders means the U.S. military’s reserve component risks being left in the lurch by the government’s broad response to COVID-19
Understanding the sacrifice and sunk cost of the war in Afghanistan
Perhaps the military is learning about the sunk cost fallacy.
The VA has some serious problems with how it handles claims of military sexual trauma
Too often, military sexual trauma survivors report being re-traumatized by the very system that's meant to help them
Traumatic brain injury is often called an ‘invisible’ wound. It’s anything but
Editor's Note: This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author. I glanced in the rearview...
A call to action at the VA on sexual harassment and assault
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie allegedly sought to intentionally discredit a female veteran who reported a sexual assault at a VA medical center. This will not stand
Russia is trying to tear apart America’s veteran community. Don’t let them
Be careful out there.
We need to talk about that study claiming that US troops are ‘overpaid’
[shortcode-Op-Ed-disclosure] A recent RAND study on military compensation has recently garnered some attention, with the main takeaway of many being...
It’s 2020 and SFC Alwyn Cashe still hasn’t been awarded the Medal of Honor. Why?
Three. That's how many times Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn C. Cashe entered the burning carcass of his Bradley Fighting Vehicle after it struck an improvised explosive device in the Iraqi province of Salahuddin on Oct. 17, 2005
War through the eyes of a military kid
"Are you scared?" The question was out of my mouth before I really had time to process it.
Why going AWOL to avoid fighting against Iran is a terrible idea
In the wake of the U.S. airstrike against Iranian commander Maj. Gen Qasem Soleimani, some left-leaning veterans groups have suggested on social media that if you don't want to go to war with Iran, you should go UA (unauthorized absence). This is terrible advice. I know, because at the height of the war in Iraq, I helped kick out more than 100 Marines who did just that.
Mike Rowe says there are no ‘safe spaces’ in the military. He’s wrong.
"The military is not a safe space," Rowe said.
Has justice actually been served for the USS Fitzgerald disaster?
Shortly after seven sailors died aboard USS Fitzgerald when she collided with a merchant ship off Yokosuka in 2017, I wrote that the Fitzgerald's watch team could have been mine
Pardoning war criminals will hurt US troops deployed overseas. I know from experience
"What I held as the unfathomable moral bedrock of the U.S. military — condoning the worst actors on the battlefield — has now become an acceptable reality"
America’s senior military officers should retire from becoming America’s TV talking heads
Former military officers commenting on military matters have valuable perspectives. On anything outside of that, their opinion is worth no more or less than anyone else's
Mental health care isn’t one-and-done — like any journey, you have to commit
While more veterans are seeking mental health care, they aren't getting the long-term treatment they need
My brother earned the Medal of Honor for saving countless lives — but only after he was left for dead
Air Force Tech. Sgt. John "Chappy" Chapman is my brother. As one of an elite group, Air Force Combat Control — the deadliest and most badass band of brothers to walk a battlefield — John gave his life on March 4, 2002 for brothers he never knew.
Video: the M1 Abrams’ new upgrades will blow you away
A system that intercepts enemy rockets and a brand-new munition? Tank you very much
Medal of Honor recipient: Violators of troops’ privacy rights deserve harsh penalties
For years, for-profit data brokers have engaged in unscrupulous business practices by accessing the database without authority and selling veterans' credentials.
The lost lesson of Millennium Challenge 2002, the Pentagon’s embarrassing post-9/11 war game
Called Millennium Challenge 2002, the idea was simple: to develop and implement training and doctrine that could be changed quickly to utilize developing technology and adapt to varying enemy tactics. The Cold War tactics the U.S. military trained on for decades were out the window and a new war was on the horizon.
No, hazing doesn’t teach discipline. It actually does the opposite
Hazing represents the opposite [of discipline]... it is the product of a lack of self-control and laziness.
The White House says John Kelly was ‘totally unequipped to handle the genius’ of Trump in a totally real statement
Is it just me or does this statement from the White House rebuking retired Marine Gen. John Kelly sound like a piece of North Korean propaganda?