“It’s because we’ve had separate classes of military personnel,” said Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “The more we can treat people equally, the more likely they are to treat each other equally.”
“Soldiers of the Third Infantry Regiment continue to stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Monday morning, despite the worsening weather conditions surrounding Hurricane Sandy. The tomb has been guarded continuously since 1948.”
Also, in his retirement, this general runs his own Leadership Institute and Museum out of a Hobart, Oklahoma, storefront. And he would like to sell you some “high performing mother cows” from his ranch, online at 4StarRanch.net. So you know he’s good.
"Theoretically, whole countries go to war, not just their soldiers, but not this time. Civilian sympathy for “the troops” may be just one more way for us to avoid a real reckoning with our last decade-plus of war, when the hostilities in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown up on the average American’s radar only if somebody screws up or noticeable numbers of Americans get killed. The veterans at the heart of this story — victims, heroes, it doesn’t matter — struggle to reconcile what they did in those countries with the “service” we keep thanking them for. We can see them as sick, with all the stigma, neediness, and expense that entails, or we can recognize them as human beings, confronting the morality of what they’ve done in our name and what they’ve seen and come to know — even as they try to move on."
The Pentagon has clearly realized that teens would rather listen to Cee-Lo than Sousa. There are no fewer than two dozen official Army rock bands, with names like Show of Force, Gunpowder and Lead, Down Range, Night Fire, the Loose Cannons, Controlled Detonation, Sandstorm, 5-Star, and Burned Aftermath. And senior editor Dave Gilson has compiled their music videos here. You’re welcome.
“I want to let the families know that the soldiers were taken care of from the time of the incident to the return to the final resting place.” —Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Holden, 34, Mortuary Affairs Specialist. Photographed at the Mortuary Affairs Collection Point, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.
In his series “Soldiers’ Angels,” photographer Philip Cheung focuses on the American soldiers who prepare the bodies of their dead comrades in arms for return to the United States. Cheung spoke with Mother Jones photo editor Mark Murrmann about his project. To read the interview and see more of the mortuary series, go here.