AP photo by Evan Vucci

“Man,” Donald Trump said, as retired Lt. Col. Louis Dorfman handed him a Purple Heart medal on Aug. 2, 2016. “‘... that's, like, that's, like, big stuff.' I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier."

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DoD photo by Master Sgt. Sean M. Worrell

“Oh, you’re a veteran, huh? Do you have PTSD?”

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U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Clay Lancaster

In an age of looming government shutdowns, defunding of health programs, and less than 5% of the living population of the United States knowing what it is like to live in a declared war zone as a member of the armed forces, Congress’ decision to drop burn pit exposure from the Pentagon research list shouldn’t come as a surprise. Speaking as someone who sat 10 feet from burning medical waste for hours on end just to leave the gate on convoys and now has a host of weird maladies, the cancellation of Pentagon research into burn pit exposure is aggravating, disappointing, and potentially deadly.

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Flickr photo by zenjazzygeek

There’s an old saying: You can take the interrogator out of the military, but you will never take the interrogator out of the … interrogator.

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Task & Purpose photo by Michael Lane Smith

“If you don’t apply for this, I don’t even know you anymore.”

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Photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore

In December, the disaster recovery charity racing team Race2Rebuild partnered with nonprofit Team Red, White, & Blue in New York City for a joint-holiday social. We went ice skating and then over to a bar for some snacks and a pint. Race2Rebuild offered a free raffle just for showing up offering prizes like a t-shirt or socks. That was pretty cool.

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