To some recent vets — by no stretch all of them — the thanks comes across as shallow, disconnected, a reflexive offering from people who, while meaning well, have no clue what soldiers did over there or what motivated them to go, and who would never have gone themselves nor sent their own sons and daughters.

To these vets, thanking soldiers for their service symbolizes the ease of sending a volunteer army to wage war at great distance — physically, spiritually, economically. It raises questions of the meaning of patriotism, shared purpose and, pointedly, what you’re supposed to say to those who put their lives on the line and are uncomfortable about being thanked for it.

New Orleans becomes the first major U.S. city to end veteran homelessness 

In a major accomplishment that will hopefully serve as a model for cities around the country, New Orleans has become the first city in the United States to end homelessness among its veteran population, according to ThinkProgress.

"I am honored and very pleased to report that we have housed 227 veterans, exceeding our goal of 193, thanks to the hard work of our committed partners," Democratic Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced. "New Orleans is now the first major city in the nation to answer the president and first lady’s call to end veteran homelessness – and we did so one year earlier than the federal goal.”

Ask Americans if someone in their family served in the military, and the answer is probably no. After all, fewer than 1 percent of Americans serve these days.

But ask if one of their grandfathers served, and you’ll likely get a different answer. Between World War II and the wars in Korea and Vietnam, millions of men were drafted into service — and both men and women volunteered.

Now, that generation of veterans is getting older. And as many of them near the end of their lives, aging into their 80s and 90s, the demand for hospice care has been growing with them. 

VA Steps Up Programs As More Veterans Enter Hospice Care

Photo credit: Quil Lawrence/NPR 


The numbers are getting bigger, when I joined it was 16 WHICH IS TO DAMNED HIGH, but now it is 22. Ladies and gents, brothers and sisters we are killing our selves at over twice the rate of Civilians… this is unacceptable, this is not a damned statistics compatition. We have survived so much and conquered so much more, now is the time to live. The enemy has taken so much from us already, dont give them the win. If you are looking for a sign THIS IS IT, if you need to talk… I am here. Til Valhalla, ladies and gents, til Valhalla.

On Jan. 21, 1968, The Washington Post ran a front-page photo of a U.S. soldier supervising the waterboarding of a captured North Vietnamese soldier near Da Nang. The caption said the technique induced “a flooding sense of suffocation and drowning, meant to make him talk.” This picture led to an Army investigation and, two months later, the court martial of the soldier. So if this technique was viewed as torture then, why is it not torture now?


LONDON — A veteran of World War II who slipped away from a nursing home in England last year to attend the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of D-Day in France has died at the age of 90.

Bernard Jordan, who became known as the “Great Escaper” after his escapade last June, died peacefully at The Pines, a care home in Hove, East Sussex, the hospital said in a statement.

His secret departure from the home to take a cross-Channel ferry to France, wearing his war medals under a gray raincoat, prompted a police search when the staff at the home reported him missing.

Mr. Jordan, who served in the #RoyalNavy, made his own way to Normandy, and his whereabouts was discovered only when a younger veteran telephoned during the night of June 5 to say that he had met Mr. Jordan, who was safe and would return when he was good and ready.

Mr. Jordan later said that he went to Normandy because “my thoughts were with my mates who had been killed. I was going to pay my respects. I was a bit off course, but I got there.” He told the nursing home staff he was going out to take a walk, and headed toward Portsmouth to attend D-Day celebrations there. But on the way, he decided instead to take the overnight ferry to Caen. Although he had no accreditation, he was allowed into the ceremonies and ended up about 100 yards from Queen Elizabeth II.

Mr. Jordan returned home a hero. A former mayor of Hove after the war, he was made an honorary alderman of Brighton and Hove and was said to have received more than 2,500 birthday cards when he turned 90.

The current mayor, Brian Fitch, said, “I will remember Bernie as a hard-working politician, as a great mayor of the city.” His escapade showed “a determination to achieve one of the things he believed in,” he added.

Amanda Scott, managing director of Gracewell Healthcare, which runs the home, said in a statement: “Bernie caught the world’s imagination last year when he made his surprise trip to France and brought a huge amount of joy to a lot of people. He will be much missed by everyone here and our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife.”

“Bernie was always insistent that what he did during the war was nothing unusual, and only what many thousands of others did for their country,” she added.

Mr. Jordan, upon his return from his adventure, said: “There were a lot of other people on the beaches of Normandy that day. This lovely attention is for them, really, not me.”
(N.Y. Times)


My name is Erik. I need as much help as I can get to pay for my surgery for my back. I have a pars injury in my lower spine. I don’t have insurance and have been paying for all my appointments, medications, lab work, and physical therapy out of my pocket.

Normally I wouldn’t even ask for help but after having a little mental breakdown before Christmas, I spent 17 days in the VA hospital to only get told they can’t help me because of my discharge. While in the hospital my boss called me to let me know he had hired someone to replace me.

I spent everything I had in the bank to get my self ahead in rent and other bills along with paying all my medical expenses. I suppose I’ll get to WHY I need help. Well with my PTSD and now back problem I can’t lift anything over 5lbs, can’t sit for more than 20 minutes at a time, and to top it off I can’t get a job because no one wants to hire someone that can’t even sit through the interview.

I’m trying to raise the money so I can pay for a fusion of the L5 disc and the S1. It truly sucks not being able to leave the house without being in tremendous pain. For the past 4 days or so I haven’t been able to even get out of bed it hurts so much. I’m at a point of complete desperation that if I could get up I’d be outside with a sign trying to raise the money. I’ve posted the link below. Thank you to whoever sees this and decides to help a veteran who has fallen through the cracks. Please reblog this even if you can’t donate.


Warrior Culture : US Veteran

We are the unwanted, doing the unthinkable, for the ungrateful, often sacrificed, rarely thanked, we are the tip of the spear, and we would do it all again. We have fought for you in every climb and place, but we need you to fight for us, here and now.

Sara Creech has grown dependent on farming, but she hasn’t always had an orchard and a farmyard full of chickens, cows, horses and more. 

Creech served as a surgery nurse during the Iraq War. She has a master’s degree and 16 years of experience. But she turned to farming when her career in nursing fell apart.

Now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging other veterans to do the same. 

From War To Plow: Why USDA Wants Veterans To Take Up Farming

Photo Credit: John Wendle for Harvest Public Media


This photo of Ira Hayes was taken when the 19-year-old Pima Indian was getting ready to jump during Marine Corps Paratroop School in 1943. He qualified as a parachutist on November 30 and was promoted to private first class.

Another photograph of Ira Hayes was taken during World War II—this time by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. The Battle of Iwo Jima raged from February 19 to March 26. Hayes was one of the men captured in Rosenthal’s iconic photograph of the five Marines  and one Navy corpsman raising the flag on Iwo Jima. Now part of U.S. Navy records held in the National Archives, it is one of the most famous war photographs.

Photograph of Pfc. Ira H. Hayes, 1943. National Archives Identifier  519164      

Photograph of Flag Raising on Iwo Jima, National Archives Identifier  520748