Tuesday marks Veterans Day, during which we take time to honor the brave men and women who have served our country. Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on this day in 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress amended the holiday to include veterans of all U.S. wars in 1954.
Sen. Al Franken says Guantanamo Bay should be closed, but the president shouldn’t bypass Congress to do it. The Wall Street Journal recently reported President Barack Obama was considering an executive order to transfer terrorism suspects out of Guantanamo Bay.
April is the month to take extra time to honor the families of our military service members — specifically, their children. Tuesday is National Purple Up Day, a still-growing celebration that has only been around for four years now.
After years of living in a war-torn country, an Iraqi man is starting a new life in Minnesota with the help of some American soldiers he met overseas. Twelve days ago, Phillip arrived in the Twin Cities. He uses the nickname that American soldiers gave him in the interest of protecting his identity.”Twelve days without any check points. Nobody asks me where I’m going, you know, all the security stuff. And you feel safe,” Khalid said. “The first three, four days [it] was exciting. First time to see snow, you know. All this nice weather, but now, I feel cold.”
Standing outside the Refuge Golf Course clubhouse, tournament director Bob Whitcraft explains a lofty goal for the fifth annual Wounded Warrior charity golf event. And with every drive off a tee, or every putt on a green, 144 charity golfers are helping disabled vets like Patrick, Chad and Erik.
The horrifying tragedy of the American soldier who is accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians raises serious questions about the U.S. Military’s awareness, monitoring and understanding of how troops are faring under the unimaginable stresses of combat.