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Veterans Ask Native Elders For Forgiveness At Standing Rock.

I never thought I would see this day when a white man apologizes for the tyranny and oppression of Native American population. This is so powerful. This is the nation that I want - responsible, compassionate and that learns from its mistakes.

God bless them!

Happy Veteran’s Day, Tumblr. 

This is a thank you to everyone who has served, or is currently serving in the armed forces. Today, let’s take time to educate ourselves and acknowledge the mental health issues that millions of veterans face each and every day.

If you want to share your experience as a veteran or your support for others, share it and tag it #postitforward. And if you want to express it visually, you can submit it to Tumblr’s Mental Health Quilt (@mentalhealthquilt).

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This November 11...

Shoutout to the a-spec soldiers.

Shoutout to the gay soldiers.

Shoutout to the lesbian soldiers.

Shoutout to the trans soldiers.

Shoutout to bi soldiers.

Shoutout to nonbinary soldiers.

And to the pansexual soldiers.

Shoutout to any and all LGBTQ+ troops.

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Armistice Day

Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11 to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning — the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. The date was declared a national holiday in many allied nations, and coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day.

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People are mad Google’s Veterans Day doodle isn’t white enough

Is Google “unfairly trolling” white male veterans? One might say the Google Doodle represents a diversifying veteran class. Yes, our armed forces’ veterans and active duty members are predominantly white (currently 66.3%) — but that’s changing, especially when we consider previous generations.

NASA and Veterans

November 11 each year is a day we honor those who have served in our nation’s armed forces. 

Discover how we have close ties to the military, even to this day, and see who has traded in their camouflage uniform for an astronaut flight suit.

There have been veterans working for us since the beginning, even when it was still called the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). 

Additionally, there are several active duty military members working at NASA facilities through special government programs.

Today, there are more than 1500 veterans currently employed with us. Their experiences in the military make their expertise invaluable around the agency. We value the unique leadership style they bring to the work place.  Above and below are some astronaut veterans.

A Partnership for the Space Age

Since the early days of NASA, we’ve partnered with all branches of the military. We still work closely with the military today and rely on the expertise of our service members to support our missions both while in active duty and in the civilian workforce. Here are some examples of this close partnership:

The Marines helped with recovery efforts of Astronaut Alan Shepard at the end of his sub-orbital flight on May 5, 1961…a task performed across several of our missions.

Today, the Navy helps us recover spacecraft, just like the Orion space capsule…which will one day carry astronauts into deep space and eventually on our journey to Mars. 

…and the Air Force has traditionally and continues to help us transport sensitive and critical space hardware around the globe. 

The Coast Guard has even helped us access remote locations to collect oceanographic data as part of our efforts to study and learn more about the Earth. 

We’ve partnered with the Army to use their unique capabilities at the Yuma Proving Ground to test the entry, descent and landing of our spacecraft systems.

To all the Veteran’s out there, we thank you for your service to America and your continued support of America’s space program.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

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Asked and Answered: “You Are Already A Good Man”

President Obama offers encouragement to a young veteran who is struggling with transitioning back to civilian life.

Leaving the military can be challenging for many service members. From worrying about their next career steps, to deciding whether to go back to school, to finding a path forward through the mental and physical wounds of war, veterans face a unique set of challenges in navigating their post-military lives.

Patrick Holbrook, a young veteran from Hawaii, wrote to the President about his struggles with these fears. As Patrick says, “I wasn’t afraid in Afghanistan, but I am horrified at the thought of my future.”

When President Obama took office nearly eight years ago, he made a commitment to make sure veterans like Patrick get the care and support they need when transition back to civilian life. And today, we’ve made important progress. We’ve cut veteran homelessness in half. We’re delivering mental health care to more veterans than ever before. More veterans have access to health care and the unemployment rate among veterans has been cut by more than half since its peak in 2011. And in all 50 states, veterans who have recently transitioned out of the military qualify for in-state tuition at public universities. But President Obama knows there’s more work to do to address the challenges that veterans face — and that the task of serving those who have fought for us will never be finished.

You can read Patrick’s letter and the President’s response below. And for more information on mental health resources for veterans, visit VA.gov.

Dear, Mr. President

It’s late in the evening here in Oahu, and the sun will soon be sinking behind the horizon onto the ocean. I sight that gives me comfort when times are confusing, and peace at the end of a long day. Sir, I was injured in Afghanistan in 2011 it was my first deployment, and my last. I was medically retired from the US Army, and after some discussion with my family moved here to help heal the wounds — it is slow in coming, but I remain hopeful. I started college when I arrived here it has been a difficult experience, but this summer God willing; I will be a college graduate. It’s a funny thing fear, I wasn’t afraid in Afghanistan, but I am horrified at the thought of my future. I want to serve my country, make a difference, and live up to the potential my family sees in me. I am scared I think, because I have no plan on what employment to pursue. It is something that is extremely difficult to me, and with my family leaving the island soon; I am truly lost. Sir, all my life I’ve tried to find what a Good man is, and be that man, but I release now life is more difficult for some. I’m not sure where I am going, and it is something that I can not shake. P.S. I watched your final State of the Union, and I thought it was well spoken. I too dream of a sustainable future for the next generation.

Sincerely,

Patrick A. Holbrook

Read the President’s response:

The White House

Washington

Patrick — 

Thank you for your thoughtful letter, and more importantly for your service and sacrifice. I can tell from your letter you are already a good man; you just need to find the calling that will express that goodness — or it will find you. So trust yourself, and remember that your Commander in Chief didn’t know what he would do with his life till he was in his thirties!

Barack Obama

Read more letters from veterans to President Obama, and explore all the letters in the Letters to President Obama archive.

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“On Veterans Day, we acknowledge, humbly, that we can never serve our veterans in quite the same that they served us. But we can try. We can practice kindness. We can pay it forward. We can volunteer. We can serve. We can respect one another. We can always get each other’s backs.” —President Obama honoring America’s veterans at Arlington National Cemetery: go.wh.gov/VeteransDay

Happy Veteran’s Day everyone! Even if you have no opportunity to do anything to thank a veteran, at least take a moment to think about it and at least say a mental “thank you” I know not every veteran is a saint and you may not agree with the reasons they were sent to serve, but it’s important to separate that from respecting them for choosing to serve and take on an unenviable job.

I’d imagine some things are different in Equestria than here, but the principle is the same. In a perfect world, there would be no war and I would think there would be fewer conflicts in the pony world. But as the Yaks proved, not all others share the ponies’ peaceful mindset. Combined with all the raging monsters roaming around, even Equestria would need a standing military. Though Celestia tries to prevent war, sometimes she must make the horrible choice to send some to fight and protect the rest of the nation’s citizens. The lives of a few given to save the lives of the many.

That doesn’t stop ponies from hating her for it, though. They may not know all the factors in the decision to fight, but they do know the pain of losing someone they love. So they blame Celestia for it. Celestia takes the abuse on the chin and, in private, probably gives herself some mental abuse with the endless What-ifs, if-onlys and just general regrets for the times she wish there had just been a better solution.

As for the holiday itself, Canterlot, being the capitol, would host the largest parade with the veterans parading up the streets to the gates of Canterlot Castle. There, they are greeted by Princess Celestia who says a few words of deep gratitude before removing her crown, setting it at their hooves and bowing before those she asked to endanger themselves in her service.

The other princesses would host other parades elsewhere, but it’s important that Celestia be the one to host the largest parade. She’s the one who’s governed the longest and through the most conflicts.

This Veterans Day, remember to honor all the men and women who have worn the uniform and fought for our freedom. To all who answered their country’s call, we appreciate your sacrifice and thank you for your service. Photo at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall & Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C. by National Park Service.

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Throughout the world on November 11th, there are remembrances of military service and lives lost in conflicts and wars. Throughout the history of the United States, Native Americans have enlisted and fought in the armed services, facing challenges both on and off the battlefields. Learn about 20th century Native American veterans in this Weekend Edition piece from November 11, 2000.

Photo: Members of the Native American veterans of the Vietnam War stand in honor as part of the color guard at the Vietnam Veterans War memorial ceremony on Veterans Day 1990. Credit: Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images