U.S. Army photo

On Jan. 23, 1973, President Richard Nixon gave a speech describing a peace agreement with North Vietnam after over a decade of war against the North Vietnamese Army and their proxy Viet Cong guerrillas in South Vietnam.

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Photo by Sgt. Eric C. Schwartz

2014 has been a tumultuous year for veterans and the military. A country where many thought the war was over is back in the headlines, while another faces an uncertain end. The Department of Veterans Affairs has taken a serious black eye, and day-to-day issues such as homelessness and veterans unemployment are starting to improve. As the year comes to an end, here is a look at the issues that have affected us all.

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AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Nate Billings

It is doubtful that any single senator of the post-9/11 era has managed to piss off as many veterans as Tom Coburn has over the last week.

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Photo courtesy of Stephen Carlson

I don’t even know why I took the gun with me out to the garage. Since I had been home on leave, I carried the damn thing with me everywhere. For two weeks, it was never farther away than across the room or in my car, and even though I recognized how stupid and unnecessary it was, it made me feel better.

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Photo via the National Archives and Records Administration

The “day that will live in infamy” ended with the deaths of over 2,400 sailors, Marines and soldiers, along with the heavy damage and destruction of eight battleships. The surprise attack, conducted by hundreds of Japanese aircraft flying off of four heavy aircraft carriers, catapulted the United States into a world war it had been seeking to avoid.

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Photo by Glenn Fawcett

President Barack Obama announced on Friday that former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is the White House’s choice to lead the Defense Department following Chuck Hagel’s abrupt resignation on Nov. 24. Hagel’s controversial exit, which he insists is mutual, comes as Obama seeks to shake up his national security team amid a wave of international crises.

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