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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."
Cop-turned-sailor-turned-nurse saves 2 people with 2 separate organ donations
“In the end it’s really just for me: my motto is ‘do good, feel good, repeat.'"
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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."
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."
Medal of Honor recipient Clint Romesha on why soldiers go to war
Romesha didn’t earn the Medal of Honor by being a hero. He earned it by getting the job done.
‘I bet it never smells like farts in there’ — How a C-17 pilot flies Secret Service agents around the world
I bet from the ground it looks like the U.S. government totally has their shit together.
How this Army veteran found meaning in emergency management
For Lorenzo Leon, coming home was almost as difficult as deploying in the first place
Watch Medal of Honor hero Kyle Carpenter celebrate his ‘Alive Day’ in this remarkable video
Kyle Carpenter, the youngest living Medal of Honor recipient, celebrated his 10th alive day with a moving video on Friday
Clint Lorance ordered me to kill Afghan civilians. I still live with that guilt today
'I am angry and let down that Clint Lorance is feted around like some hero, while the real heroes—Nick Carson, Matt Hanes, James Twist—are ignored'
Half a century ago, this soldier escaped armed captors in Africa. He’s still fighting for the recognition many say he’s due
In 1965, Ron Dolecki was on a map-making mission for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Ethiopia when he and two crew members were ambushed by Eritrean rebels, taken captive, and marched 150 miles through the desert to Sudan
Families like mine risked our lives for US troops abroad. Now America is abandoning us
After Iraq’s liberation when I was just a child, my family had begun aiding the U.S. military. Here's the story of the broken promises that came after
Celebrate Veterans Day by sending us your most moto boot photos
You're out now, wizened by time and experience, but let's take a moment to celebrate that time way back when you were just a dumb boot
Pledging allegiance from Iraqi interpreter to US soldier to American citizen
"I didn't have a normal and safe childhood ... I did this so my kids could live, and be safe"
Meet the ‘Iron 9,’ the USS Gerald R. Ford’s all-female bridge watch section
All the deck department sailors assigned to the boatswain’s mates bridge watch teams on the USS Gerald R. Ford are women. They call themselves the Iron 9
USS Cole bombing testimony
The explosion was sudden, violent, deafening, so intense that 8,500 tons of steel lifted out of the water and crashed back down. The very metal of the ship shimmered and rippled in front of their eyes, remembered survivors. The force of it threw retired Master Chief Sonar Technician Paul Abney out of his chair and sent a shipmate flying over his head. Then, everything went black.
From Mexico to the US Army, this recruiter excels at serving his adopted country
Staff Sgt. Roberto Morales, a recruiter for Superstition Recruiting Station, Tempe Recruiting Company, was born and raised in Mexico until he left for the United States at the age of 9
One of the first women to earn a Ranger tab describes what it was like to lead Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s lying in state
One of the first women to complete the U.S. Army's Ranger School had the distinct honor of leading Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's lying in state procession at the U.S. Capitol in late September, a ceremony the soldier described as humbling because of its significance
Immigrant Guardsman helps community while activated for COVID-19 response
U.S. Army Spc. Juan Herrera, 142nd Area Support Medical Company combat medic, helped spearhead a grassroots effort to deliver food to local families in need during the pandemic
A former war refugee lives the American dream as a Reserve airman
As a result of the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, an estimated 40,000 Bosnian refugees immigrated to St. Louis, Missouri, in the 1990s and early 2000s. Tech. Sgt. Muris Secerbegovic, 433rd Maintenance Group quality assurance inspector in the 433rd Airlift Wing here, was one of them
A former Navy fighter pilot describes one of the most terrifying moments of his career
Fighter pilots who go through the U.S. Navy's elite air-combat training center commonly known as TOPGUN are among the best in the world, but that doesn't mean they don't experience fear
A Navy veteran could lose his home in a dispute over a flagpole
A Navy veteran who installed a pole in his yard to fly the American flag is now in danger of losing his home because of it
An Air Force veteran in recovery is using his home to help struggling vets find peace and sanctuary
Air Force veteran Anthony Luton has seen a lot of things in life, good and bad. Now he wants to use his experience to help others like him
I learned to understand shame after losing my brother on September 11th
"I would go on to serve two deployments to Iraq as a soldier and one deployment to Afghanistan as a civilian advisor, and each time, I would feel the physical manifestation of the grief I felt after losing my brother"