My name is Randall Baxter, I am a volunteer veteran advocate and radio host. I am not a veteran myself but I take a keen interest in veterans’ affairs. I explain my fascination with the cause in my poem “I Never Was a Soldier,” one of several pieces of poetry that has been a part of my radio show, The Veteran Next Door.
Turkey has questioned its relationship with the US, with the deputy prime minister saying it is “unsuitable” for soldiers of a country which is friends with Ankara to wear the badges of a “terrorist organization.”
During a Friday televised statement, spokesman of Hamas armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, in Gaza Abu Obeida, said the movement has no contacts with Israel over the prisoners.
Afghan soldiers are struggling against the Taliban, in part because close to 40% of Afghanistan’s forces are “ghost soldiers,” troops that exist only on paper. Karim Atal is the head of the provincial council in Helmand, where the resurgent Taliban has seized large areas of land since the United States handed over control to Afghan forces a year ago. “At checkpoints […]
A Russian television channel alleges a German state broadcaster hired actors to show Russian involvement in the eastern Ukraine conflict. The scandal centers around a Russian ‘volunteer’ paid by the German company to say he was fighting in Ukraine. The documentary film, entitled ‘Strongman Putin’ produced by ZDF, suggests many Russians are fighting for the […]
Jim W. Dean, That a NATO country is playing “bang, bang” on the training field must have Eurasia breathing a big sigh of relief
Thank heavens they didn’t kill anyone from ISIS or al Qaeda
Israeli soldier to an unharmed Palestinian man: I will “fuck your mother.”
One day they created the Al-Nusra Front and another day Daesh-ISIL or the Free Syrian Army
Today the US-led coalition is apparently going to another war. The civilizational catastrophe plotted in the Middle East would by far exceed everything experienced by the US Army and their families at homes before.
Here’s a deep poem written by U.S. Veteran Sherwood Ross
Although the wars are drawing down, the deployment schedules for our men and women in uniform aren’t easing up. Troops continue to meet multiple operational needs, such as theater security exercises with partner nations, Navy ship cruises and other training requirements.
United States Military Cemetery in Luxembourg-A Remembrance for All Veterans Living and Lost
More than 6,500 miles from the Pacific Northwest, the arid heat of southern Afghanistan is almost the complete opposite of the damp, cool weather of Monroe, Wash.
At 3:30 AM on 27 July 2011, heavily armed and masked Israeli Forces hurled blocks of stone into several windows of the Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp and arrested two men. Juliano Mer-Khamis, established the Freedom Theater in 2006 and was murdered outside of it on 4 April 2011. I never made it to the Freedom Theatre, but I did spend a day in Jenin Camp on 23 July 2007.
Since the onset of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, thousands of soldiers have witnessed progress throughout their deployments to Iraq.
April is Confederate Memorial Month where various commemorations held throughout the month, primarily in the South. In the other states I would venture to say that most have never even heard of it, a combination performance of historical revisionism, political correctness, and amnesia. But I am happy to report that we are seeing more events being held each year,and better attended.
Many contributors to Veterans Today may not have an understanding of members of the Armed Forces – particularly career Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and CoastGuardsmen. (Also derisively referred to as Lifers!) I have a blue retiree I.D. card. Guess I qualify as a Lifer.
Controversy over American military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan is common. America has been at war for over ten years. Children of troops that fought America’s enemies in the first days of the war on terror are now fighting too. There is no end in sight. Very well intended people like to point out that The United States failed to comply with what has become to be called the “Powell Doctrine” after General Colin Powell.
Under pressure: German troops are calling on Chancellor Angela Merkel to tell them why they’re at war in Afghanistan By Daily Mail Foreign Service (UK) German soldiers are wearing their hearts on their sleeves – in the form of a badge that protests their country’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan. Some troops have taken […]
* From: A warrior poet – Los Angeles Times * Brian Turner’s ‘Here, Bullet’ is a soldier’s view, in verse, of the war in Iraq. Brian Turner served seven years in the U.S. Army. One of them was as an infantry team leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. […]
Meanwhile, back here in the United States, women in the military are still seen as less capable and something of a curiosity. The fact that we are so grossly outnumbered — only 14 percent of soldiers in the Army are women — automatically makes us a curiosity. Until I saw that video about the I.D.F., I thought that women were pretty well integrated in our Army.
by Barton Kunstler, Ph.D., Author, “The Hothouse Effect” “Banished veterans.” The phrase shouldn’t make sense. Someone joins the military, fights in a war, returns home, and then is banished? Thankfully, this can’t happen here… But it is happening here. Thousands of men and women who have risked their lives in the country’s wars have been […]