Election years always contain more leveraging of the military than usual, but this year it was particularly bad. Veterans are people, not policy tools.
12 percent of adult homeless people in the United States are veterans. In the grand scheme of things, homelessness is a huge issue in the United States, and it’s a multifaceted one — a large number of homeless people are LGBQT youth, many are mentally ill (a category that overlaps significantly with veterans), and others […]
The military has been a powerful and compelling theme in pop culture since…well, as long as there’s been pop culture, because militaries play an integral role in society. Members of the military show up in texts, art, songs, film, television, and other expressions of pop culture, and in nations around the world, people have many […]
Almost 100 years ago, celebrants spilled out into the streets to commemorate Armistice Day and the end of the First World War, a brutal conflict that changed the face of society as well as the nature of warfare. But it wasn’t a totally joyous event; at the same time people were happy the war was […]
Now more than ever, many veterans are invisible. We still live in an era where war takes limbs and injures spines, forcing people to use mobility aids that highlight their disabilities, and in an era with greater workplace protections and safety than ever before, these signs of trauma are firmly linked with war; when you […]
With sweeping budget cuts in almost every imaginable sector of government in the United States, it is not surprising that funding for veterans has taken a significant hit. That’s an especially big concern in an era when more injured veterans are returning at the same time we’re trying to support aging veterans from Vietnam and […]
Today is Veterans Day in the United States, and my thoughts are turning to the increasingly rum deal that US veterans are facing. This is a nation with a complex relationship to its military, an all-volunteer force heralded as heroes in the media and ‘celebrated’ with yellow ribbons stuck to car bumpers and flags waved […]
My grandfather was a small man. We look a lot alike, actually, the same facial features and short, stocky body; though mine has run to fat, you can see that the underlying lines are remarkably similar, down to the creases in our wrists and our downturned mouths; we fill out an Eisenhower jacket[1. For those […]