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War Photographer Robert Cunningham Honors our Veterans

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Few civilians have captured the service of our active military and veterans as vividly as embedded war photographer Robert L. Cunningham. He has worked throughout Afghanistan, primarily beside the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry, 10th Mountain, and 101st Airborne Divisions. He recently returned from his fourth embedment in Afghanistan and was there during the recent outbreak in the North. “No greater honor will I ever have than walking outside the wire with our troops,” says Cunningham referring to the military term for being on the front lines. Cunningham’s work has taken him aboard an underway US Navy submarines, into zero-gravity in low-earth orbit, and to more than 450 cities in 25 countries. His work also appears in multiple libraries and museums. He…

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‘Charlie Mike’: The Story of Veterans Who Continue to Serve Through Team Rubicon

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The woman at the Red Cross said Port-au-Prince, Haiti was too dangerous for untrained volunteers after the earthquake when Marine veteran Jake Wood called to volunteer in January 2010. “It’s complete chaos there,” she said. “I’m a marine,” he replied. “We do chaos.” Wood hung up the phone and started calling fellow veterans. One who responded was fellow Marine vet William McNulty. They had only spoken on the phone and when they met 24 hours later in the airport in the Dominican Republic, they cobbled together a team consisting of the vets, a firefighter, an ER physician, an obstetrician and a medic. They had little more than their go-bags, some money and a passion to serve. They created medical triage…

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Enabling our wounded warriors with voice-activated computers

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As we observe Veterans Day, it’s time to remember that our wounded heroes have dreams when they come home from the battlefield. As we need them to preserve our freedom, they need us to overcome the bonds of the mental or physical damage they’ve sustained so that they can be free to pursue their own dreams. I served in the Navy long ago in the waters of Vietnam. In the tumultuous years following that unpopular war, I focused on education, family and career. I enjoyed the VFW and informal veterans’ groups where the community of shared experience provided support. Late in life, I learned a new joy: I love to write fiction. When my current novel, Jaspar’s War, was about…

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Get closer to the veterans who sacrificed for us through these great books

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Each year, we pause on the 11th day of the 11th month to acknowledge and give thanks to the countless veterans who have served our country. And while those who haven’t served can recognize the contributions of veterans, it can be difficult to truly understand the depths of sacrifice those service members and their families have made so that we can be free. Thanks to books, though, we have a window into the experience of veterans and their families, whether it be that of an Army sergeant who dodges gunfire to save the lives of wounded comrades, a young boy who waits at the airport for a parent to return from active duty, or an Army captain trying to unravel…

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WIN: The First Eagles; How Yanks took the skies in World War I

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Today is an age of unparalleled military might in the skies for the United States. The U.S. Air Force boasts more than 5,600 aircraft and 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles. Sixty-five Air Force satellites orbit the Earth. More than 332,000 active personnel man this mighty arsenal, to which more than $140 billion of America’s budget is devoted. Today, in an era in which unmanned military drones are the cutting edge of aerial warfare, it’s difficult to imagine a time when the United States didn’t rule the skies. Yet, only 100 years ago, the U.S. military consisted of a measly five aircraft, with no training programs or recruitment procedures in place. German dirigibles, not airplanes, were feared as “ominous weapons” of warfare.…

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