The coming period of U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Iraq is “fraught with risk,” but the military will not hesitate to strike back if extremists attempt to undermine the transition to a smaller U.S. force in those countries, the newly installed acting secretary of defense said Wednesday.
Arguably, I gave the military the best decade of my life, my 20s. I used to wonder if I had made a mistake; after all, it seemed like the people I had gone to high school with had a massive head start on going to college and starting on their careers.
In many ways, the United States military is one of the most successful middle-class jobs programs ever created. No matter what someone's background is, they can join the military, learn a new skill while working, and leave with years of experience and education under their belt.
After less than a week on the job, the Pentagon's new acting leader has issued his first public guidance to all Defense Department staff, including a pointed message: It's time to come home from Afghanistan.
The number of suicides and the suicide rate among U.S. veterans remained relatively flat in 2018 compared with the previous year – a stubbornly steady state that the Department of Veterans Affairs hopes to attack with new initiatives such as outreach to veterans not in the VA health system and counseling on safe storage of firearms.