Monday, July 26, 2010
As many as two thousand members of Gold Star families – families who lost members while serving our country – convened at Arlington cemetery's “Tomb of the Unknowns” this weekend, to pay tribute to military men and women killed in action. This weekend’s events mark the largest gathering of such families in the country’s history.
Monday, July 19, 2010
In June, 32 members of the U.S. Army took their own lives. That's a sharp uptick compared to the first five months of 2010, when the number of suicides in the Army was actually down thirty percent, from the same months in 2009. What happened in June?
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The Senate Armed Services Committee meets today to discuss prevention of suicides within the U.S. armed forces. Suicide is the second-biggest killer of U.S. Marines; this year, 55 Marines have been killed in combat, while 21 have taken their own lives. The U.S. Army faces an equally large problem, with 245 members taking their own lives in 2009. We're looking at efforts to drive those numbers down and the devastation wrought by the suicide of a loved one.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
In 2009, the Pentagon lifted a ban that forbade members of the news media from covering the dignified transfer of the remains of U.S. servicemen and women at Dover Air Force Base. On April 5th, 2009, around forty reporters and photographers were present for the return of the remains of Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip Myers of Hopewell, Virginia.
But these days, there's often only one member of the news media present. Steve Ruark is a freelance photographer with the Associated Press. He has been to Dover for dignified transfers more than ninety times.
Monday, February 02, 2009
By Brigid Bergin : Reporter
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan can often feel far away from our every day lives. But for the families of the fallen, the impact is real and often poignant. Last month, Brooklyn Marine Lance Cpl. Julian T. Brennan died in Afghanistan. His death brought the total number of Americans ...
Saturday, August 14, 2004
People have been telling tales of war since before Homer wrote the Iliad. But rarely has war been documented first-hand by the people fighting. A new program launched by the National Endowment for the Arts is aimed at changing that. In the coming year, a series of writing workshops will ...